In Midland, Michigan we have been waiting eagerly for Spring and it has finally arrived. In Chinese Medicine, every season has an element attached to it. Spring brings us the Wood element.
Wood exemplifies the active energy of Spring.
Every day, just walking down the street, I see more trees beginning to bloom, hyacinths giving way to tulips, and birds chasing material for nests. It is a time for growth, change and progress.
This is a season to expand and tackle any lingering obstacles in our lives. Spring is a time to make decisions, get focused and take action. Let’s go!
The negative side of the Wood element, and something to be aware of in the months ahead, is that when constrained or frustrated, Wood energy can cause anger, stress and anxiety.
Anger hardens us; it makes us unbendable – like a tree that snaps in a large gust of wind instead of swaying.
Keep an eye on these emotions; try to bend, or better, let go of the problems in life over which you have no control. Concentrate on those people, actions and beliefs where you feel creative, can be expansive and take action.
The wood element also reminds us to maintain strong roots; to make change wisely in keeping with our beliefs. When we are unfocused, indecisive and lack vision, just like a badly rooted tree, there is little possibility for growth and forward movement.
Spring is the time to start something new. While you make your plans for Spring, remain flexible while rooted in your knowledge and beliefs; be assertive without falling into anger; and be decisive but not stubborn. It is a creative time.
One basic tenet of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that we all have a connection to the environment around us and to the larger universe.
It follows that good health means living in harmony with the seasons. The universe is forever changing so it makes sense that we will be physically and mentally healthier if we adapt to the idea of continual change rather than stubbornly resist it.
As well as a season, each element has numerous associations, Some of the characteristics of the wood element are listed below:
The healthy Wood qualities are the following:
- able to plan effectively
- make clear and healthy decisions
- have a good sense of direction and what the future may hold
- is even tempered, but able to express anger and other emotions appropriately
- is conscientious, committed and reliable
- sense of being firmly rooted, but flexible
- deals with change effectively and can ‘roll with the punches’
- can be a powerful person and a leader and generate enthusiasm in others
- takes risks and likes to head in their own direction
- initiates projects and is very creative with new visions
- is well organized and efficient
- high level of confidence and assertiveness
- can be intense, expansive driven and unyielding
- energy level is consistent and high
- well muscled and supple
Schedule an appointment with Midland Acupuncture today to start feeling better!