Spring Practices

Spring

The seasonal shift that accompanies spring is a portal of potential. It is a breath of fresh air, the winds of change march oceanic moisture inland quenching the thirsts of yearning creatures barren from dark winter’s hibernation. We poke and prod our way out of the emptiness of winter, renewing our collective social spirit. In winter our task was to stoke our inner fire, keeping ourselves bright, when the heat of the sun is at its coolest (in the northern hemisphere). It takes great will and a stellar spirit to do this. Spring offers us a welcome relief; internal drive that defines winter is slowly replaced by the external spark of the suns solar rays.

Spring serenades us with sacred strength lifting the hearts of all Earth’s creatures. There is an inner compulsion to come out, a thrust for thankfulness, an impetus to impregnate, and a grasping for Gaia. Sprouts spit their shoots heavenward, buds burst out of their slumber, all of what once seemed lifeless, animates itself, revealing a great secret, that life never ceases, it simply waits for an opportune moment to reveal itself in a changed form. 

The feeling that spring brings is one of renewal, regeneration, and retrieval. It is a joyous inhale from the suspended out breath of winter. It is exciting, ecstatic, electric. Insects, birds, flowers, plants, trees, they all show theirselves in abundance, flaunting just what their mother gave them: precious life. 

Advantageous spring practices cleanse the trinity of body/mind/spirit. The organ that rejoices in spring is our liver. It makes itself known through our eyes. This vision exists by day enabling us to cease new opportunities and plan for the future. Then at night our vision changes form, entering the ethereal realm of dream-space. The heart whispers to the liver inspiration from the heavens and the liver projects this behind closed eyes. A strong liver will offer you prophetic images of the future and guidance in the present to fulfilling your work on this planet. 

If you are sick come spring, it is simply a weakened liver. If the kidneys don’t get the rest they need in the winter, they won’t be able to nurture the liver, their “child”. This is a sign that you might not have wintered well. Did you rest and restore, rejuvenating your kidneys? Or did you play a summer dialogue in winter, going going going until you burned yourself out. Spring will let you know, as you will either feel depleted or restored. This happens on the microcosm permeating through the macrocosm.

Cleanse the Body

The skin is a detoxification organ. It is our third lung. Thus, it is, it breathes just as we breathe through the nose. Placing pollutants on the skin is no different than breathing in pollutants. This can be anything from unnatural ingredients in the products you use, synthetic perfumes, and chemically laden preservatives. 

Our skin has its own specific microbiome just like our gut. When we keep the ingredients pure that we put on our skin we encourage good bacteria, a healthy microbiome that allows your skin to glow, keeping away viruses, bacteria, fungus or parasites. Spring time detoxification practices enable a healthy skin biome. There are also sweat glands throughout your whole body, so your skin lets off a smell, just as your armpits do. 

A spring time ritual that invigorates and cleanses this microbiome can be done in the spring of the day. We use these seasonal fractals, or microcosmic magnifiers, to our advantage when we need to manipulate personal time and internal space. The dawning of the day is the spring, and in spring, you can use this time of day to potentiate what you are doing. 

Ingredients: all natural course bristle dry brush, shower, nourish body balm, pheromone cleansing deodorant

  1. Wake for sunrise.
  2. Excite your lymphatic system. Dry brush your body from the feet towards the heart, arms towards heart, neck down to heart, low back up to heart.  
  3. Take a shower, however you shower, then finish with cold water. This tightens and closes your pores, and is entirely exhilarating. Do it for as long as you can handle, as cold as you can handle. 
  4. Lay your towel on the floor.
  5. Electrify your lymphatic system. Massage nourish on your whole body, be gentle and use stroking motions, starting from your feet and working your way up to your heart, the same direction as when you dry brushed. Do this for as long as you have time for. Put on a bath robe (or stay naked) as your body soaks in the oils. 
  6. Massage the pheromone cleansing deodorant onto your pits, which then stimulates the lymph glands in the armpits to move any toxins out of your body that you have just flushed through the above practices. These toxins exist on our planet and inside of us, unfortunately. 
  7. Engage your lymphatic system. If you have time do some yoga to centre yourself for your day. Then you will stimulate your lymphatic system from all angles. 

Unlike the circulatory system which has a pump (the heart) the lymphatic system relies on us as its pump. It can be pumped through dry brushing, massage, and/or muscular engagement. The lymphatic system works with our immune system. Keeping it active is an easy way to help your body fight off the cold or the flu which is so prevalent in spring time. This practice encourages the body to expel environmental toxins that can get trapped such as heavy metals. These get lodged in our lymph, destabilize the immune system, resulting in a body can’t fight off viruses or bacteria the way it should.

Cleanse the Mind

Even if you didn’t take the nurturing winter you needed you can still catch up. A clean body is a clean mind. These practices clean out the body, which is a sneaky and subversive way to get into the mind. 

  1. Restore your energy, flush out your liver by eating weeds and spring greens. Use apple cider vinegar and olive oil on top of a salad made with greens, sprouts, and nuts. Eating light becomes easier in spring as the solar rays start to feed us in ways we just can’t receive in winter.
  2. Practice the art of tea. 
    1. Make a wild earthen tea: Steep a tsp each of nettles, milk thistle and dandelion. These are known to nourish the whole body, especially the liver, as it is our chemical processing plant. 
    2. Inhale the aroma so the plants integrate themselves ethereally with your being.
    3. Drink the herbs. Let the taste linger on your mouth. Feel how nourishing the Earth’s weeds are. How beneficial and necessary they are for our well being.
    4. Close your eyes and let yourself feel how the herbs make you feel. Have a quiet moment. 
  3. Drink lots of liquids.
  4. Renew yourself in the winter of the day, during dusk and beyond. Take a hibernation, sip your tea, meditate, lightly stretch. Turn off technology, let yourself winter. 

Cleanse the Spirit

Our spirits are irrevocably inseparable from Nature. When we inspirit beauty into the plant world, our souls rejoice. This practice is a way to give back to our atmosphere. 

  1. Nurture a plant from seed. If it is your first time, pick a plant that will grow easily where you are, that is native. 
  2. Learn about what kind of soil it likes. Start it inside in egg containers or tiny pots. Send love, water, follow directions on how deep to plant the seed, how much water it needs, as well as what kind soil the plant likes. 
  3. Plant many, just in case some don’t make it. And if all survive you have some beautiful gifts to share with your friends and family. 
  4. When the soil outside is warm enough for your plant, put it outside if you can, even if it is in a pot on a balcony. This practice is to integrate you with your environment allowing you to tap into the subtle changes throughout the day and during seasonal shifts through the eyes of your plant.
  5. When your plant is outside take note of the sun, temperature, wind, humidity and any other factors you can. Keep a journal. Notice how your plant reacts. Watch your plant respond to the water you give it. 
  6. Listen to your intuition with what your plant needs. Create a dialogue and a relationship with your plant.