Liver and Spring Cleansing Protocol:
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Liver functional system is associated with the Spring Season and the element of Wood. The Liver is considered to be the master organ of healing in the body and described as “the root of all endurance”. A healthy Liver system allows us to keep our physical and emotional energy alive and well. It is the strategizer and the planner, it is the system that gives us the ability to continue even in the face of adversity, the ability to “keep hope alive”. The Liver also plays a key role in healthy and restorative sleep, which is when our bodies do most of the healing work. It is said that the Liver “stores the blood” at night when we rest and it is where “the life force is stored”so having a healthy Liver system is key to a good night’s rest.
The Chinese Zodiac animal, the Ox, is also associated with the Liver, with its qualities being the ability to do hard work, to endure, to push against the grain and its symbolism in the Chinese written language is strongly associated with the female archetype of hormonal and reproductive power with women’s ability to give birth and overcome that difficulty.
"He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death... it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars."
Those of us in Flagstaff are finally starting to see and feel it.
The air outside is warming, the flowers are blooming, the dormant, frozen waters are beginning to flow, move, and nourish the land. Just as the earth blooms, warms, and finds its flow, so to do we find that same cycle.
We are coming out of a cycle of dormancy, of slowing down and going within, and moving into a period of awakening. The energy is rising, our creative juices are flowing, and our bodies are aching for movement. The earth is telling us that it is time to start sowing seeds of personal growth.
So what can we do right now to come into better alignment with this season?
How can we better prepare our bodies and minds for this years endeavors?
What action can we take to fulfill our creative desires?
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