We have a little over a month of Spring time, the season of new beginnings. Take full advantage of Spring by accomplishing these five suggestions below from The Neijing and Marie Kondo. The Neijing is one of the most vital texts in Daoism (or Taoism) & considered one of the fundamental backbones of Chinese Medicine. It is written from the perspective of Huang Di, known as The Yellow Emperor who retired in the third millennium BCE. Marie Kondo is a famous Japanese professional organizational consultant.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀
Go to bed early & wake up early
Take walks to enjoy the fresh air
Huang Di said, “The three months of the spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature. It is the time of birth. This is when heaven and earth are reborn. During this season it is advisable to retire early, arise early also, and go walking in order to absorb the fresh, invigorating energy. Since this is the season in which the universal energy begins anew and rejuvenates, one should attempt to correspond to it directly by being open and unsuppressed, both physically and emotionally.”
If you are having trouble going to bed earlier here are some tips:
- Have an incentive to get into bed, such as a good book you are excited about reading.
- Light a candle or diffuse some essential oils scented with lavender which smells good and helps you relax
- Make you bed in the morning, that way your bed is more enticing to get into
- Get into bed and listen to a relaxing meditation. Insight Timer is a good app or Louise Hay on YouTube.
3. Exercise more frequently (if you were hibernating in the winter)
4. Wear loose fitting clothing ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“On the physical level it is good to exercise more frequently and wear loose-fitting clothing. This is the time to do stretching exercises to loosen up the tendons and muscles. Emotionally, it is good to develop equanimity. This is because spring is the season of the liver, and indulgence in anger, frustration, depression, sadness, or any excess emotion can injure the liver”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀
Spring is the beginning of things, when the energy should be kept open and fluid; summer opens up further into an exchange or communication between internal and external energies; in the fall it is important to conserve; finally, the winter is dominated by the storage of energy.”
5. Get organized