Advice for spring!

Today is the Spring Equinox for 2017, the day when Spring officially starts in the Northern hemisphere. So how can you put a spring in your step? The ancient Chinese had some sage advice for this time of year…

‘The months of the Spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature. It is the time of birth. This is when Heaven and Earth are reborn.

During this season it is advisable to retire early and arise early. Also, go walking in order to absorb the fresh, invigorating energy.

Since this is the season in which the universal energy begins anew and rejuvenates, one should attempt to correspond to it directly by being open and unsuppressed, both physically and emotionally.

On the physical level is good to exercise more frequently and wear loose-fitting clothing. This is the time to do stretching exercises to loosen up the tendons and muscles.

Emotionally, it is good to develop equanimity. This is because Spring is the season of the Liver, and indulgence in anger, frustration, depression, sadness, or excess emotion can injure the Liver.’

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, 240 B.C

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