|Spring—A Time of Renewal
By Ric Chamberlin, LMT
When March arrives our thoughts naturally turn to spring. The actual start of spring occurs during the
vernal equinox, on or about March 20th. It is at this moment that the Sun passes over the equator and
day and night are of equal length.
Perhaps more than any season spring is a time when we cast our gaze on nature. Thinking about spring
our thoughts turn:
Spring is a time of increased activity. It is a transition from:
The concept of Yin and Yang comes from ancient Chinese Taoist thought which describes the
complementary opposites that make up the dual nature of the universe.
Spring and summer can be thought of as primarily yang seasons, and fall and winter as yin.
Winter was a time for rest and preserving, quietude and introspection. A tree’s leaves are gone and the sap
moves deeper inside the tree to protect it from the cold. Our bodies naturally wanted to hibernate.
Just like the tree much of our energy is pulled deep inside.
During spring things start coming out of hiding. A tree's sap starts flowing freely again, drawing nutrients
from the earth. Dormant buds sprout flowers that are fertilized and grow fruit. Leaves grow and gather the
In nature spring is a time of germination and growth. Everything comes to life and is full of vitality. Spring
is a time of renewal. This pattern plays out for people as well. Energy that has pulled deep inside our bodies
now starts moving to the surface. Our activity level increases with a preference for movement. Our
metabolism becomes more vigorous.
We move from the inward, introspective mode of winter to a more outward place as we gaze upon the
incredible growth and change taking place all around us.
Spring can be a time to cast off things like old emotions, anger, and unhealthy attitudes about yourself.
Spring is a time of hope.
What can you do to help facilitate this change?
Most importantly always remember to…
Be Gentle With Yourself
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