Spring Renewal by Rita Steinmetz-Minassian
As the first flowers are blossoming in our gardens after a long sleepy winter, let’s remember that spring is also the period of the year to make some “housecleaning” within and around us and open our body and mind to a new rebirth.
Have you listened to Nature lately? The chants of the birds and the colors around us are announcing the coming back of the expected spring. After winter and its period of introspections, cosy pleasures and storing energy with heavy dishes that protect our body from cold, let’s start detoxifying during the best period of time to do it; the intermediate season of spring when nature wakes up and comes back to life is perfect for a fresh start… It’s time to open the windows of our body again.
Cleansing our body internally is becoming more important as our environment becomes more polluted and increases the stress in our system. The spring detoxification helps us to loose weight, to clear our mind and to restore our energy and sense of wellbeing: our outlook on life changes totally, with a more positive approach.
In Chinese medicine, the Zang Fu system (represented as a pentagram) reveals that there are 5 periods during the year that matches our 5 vital organs in our body. In fact, we’ve now entered the period that correspond to the liver. It’s now time to release all the emotions that load us down and which are symbolically represented by this organ; no more place for angers, doubts and grudges, it’s time to sweep them all out!
Doing some sweeping can remind us the tradition of “big spring cleaning” in occidental countries, absolutely necessary after winter: all carpets out, let’s get rid of all the accumulation done during the long winter period!
After all, human beings are mammals who need to live also according to the basic need to hibernate, aren’t they?
In the Eastern countries, the monsoon season starts around May, this is actually the best period for Panchakarmas: a treatment with the use of plants and oils in order to clean the body up during 7, 14 or 21 days.
Ayurvedic doctors say that the rainfalls outside symbolically represent the cleaning we proceed inside. I believe that, people feel also more positive and fresh inside and outside due to the negative ions produced by rainfall.
Doing some meditation during rainfalls or monsoon is also very helpful to clean up our mind and negative thoughts.
The funny thing is that this period of cleaning also fits with some religious cleaning practices: for the Jewish community it’s now time to get rid of all the “hametz”: every single dust, mould or crumb has to disappear from the houses and cupboards before the celebration of “Pessah”, the Passover. Through the symbol of the egg, Christians also celebrate birth and resurrection which is specific to the period of Easter.
In Feng shui, spring is also an important moment for a making up; what to keep, what to give, what to get rid of…
Old, useless objects are blockages for a fluent energy in the house that represent our inside world, our mind, our biological system…
In kundalini yoga, kriyas, a combination of postures, breathing techniques and mantras, are also very powerful tools to help us to unburden our body…and mind.
Mother Earth, in her infinite abundance and generosity offers us everything to help us in this detoxification: plants, veggies, essential oils, there are lots of ways to clean up our body.
Rosemary, sage, black radish, cherry stalk, artichoke, fennel are the top ingredients to clarify a “toxic” liver, even though the list of the “top cleaning team” for the liver could have been much longer. Usually, the bitter tastes are very good to help the hepatic functions. The detoxification process will also support the other 6 channels of elimination in our body:lungs, kidneys,colon,skin,lymphatic system and blood, everyone will be thankfull for this internal shower!
Let’s keep in mind that a cleaning done with some awareness will offer us much better result: it makes a huge difference if we clean up our body mechanically, making it by habit, or with putting the intention to get rid of all types of toxins: physical and subtle ones due to a fat diet but also from negative thoughts that we might have had. They are actually the number 1 enemies to Harmony and Health of our beings.
Now, let’s emerge from grey, offering our winter coats to the past season, both in a tangible and a symbolic way and let’s enjoy this wonderful rebirth that is offered to us every year in union with the Elementals.
I wish you a happy spring renewal!