Spring – awakening from the dormant state, entering the renewal energy, and getting ready to take some actions

– the SPRING edition –

I was very amused by the productivity, positive and creative energy in the past few weeks. Ideas of all paths of life just kept streaming in, and i found myself writing notes to myself, texting and emailing to remind myself all these ‘excitement’ pouring in and out of my consciousness.
Next, i realized that ‘this is SPRING TIME – earthly creatures emerging from the cold and darkness of the dormant state of winter.
Drinking as much liquid as the rain is providing. Washing and cleaning the atmosphere that the wind has left behind. Absorbing and adjusting to the warmth and energy of the sun.

I wanted to do workshops about this, but there’s not even time. I just want to share this sense of abundance and energy with you, as you are the ones who i have in mind, when i am having this moment of epiphany! (that’s it, i said it!)

Spring – Wood element – Liver and Gall Bladder meridian

If we can relate ourselves to the nature and its rhythm, the intensed allergies that you may have been going through is partly due the ‘Spring cleaning’ that the environment is doing, and partly our internal body is unearthing from the winter. Spring is also a time to plant the seeds, just as ideas sprouting inside us, asking us to do something about them. It is the yearning to make changes, this sense of making-it-happening, that we are filled with excitement and stimulations. As much as this positive energy is churning within us, the excitement lead us afloat. If you also feel this way, and would like to take that one small but significant step to nurish your brilliant ideas, below are a few simple steps that you can follow that may be helpful to unleash t before the igniting power takes place into actions once summer arrives.

As mothers/parents, lacking of sleep and rest, constantly wrestling with crying babies, screaming toddlers, shifting energies from your partners, friends, and colleagues, etc. this creative energy may not be as pronounced and may even likely to be manifested into another form of energy/emotion. No matter what that energy that you have been noticing, be it positive or negative ( as in a feeling, not as a judgement), take a note so we can be aware of it/them, and eventually make use of it. The present moment is where we live; wisdom, however, arrives in hind sight. If this resonate with you, i wish this email accompanies you like a friend; walk with you for a few moments as it echoes. If it doesn’t resonate with you, i wish it accumulates as an additional perspective on to your collection.

Feel free to take the following exercise or leave it or pass it on to whoever you would like to share with.

Day 1
1. Take less than 2min to make a ‘this is what i want’ list, side by side with ‘don’t want’ list. Treat it like a brainstorming exercise. Do not take too much time to think – no thinking, just write what comes to mind.

Move on to #2 right away

2. Take a few breathes, deep and exhilarating, and then look at the list you just wrote.

Let it settle with you.

Day 2
Take the list you wrote yesterday and see which ones you have already done or are alreafy doing and which one you are going to do, when and how and which one don’t
3. Make a list of all the ideas you have in mind or have scribbled on pieces of paper. Keep writing, allow the hand to follow your thoughts, and ‘not’ the other way round.

Take a few deep breathes,

Let it settle in you.

Day 3
4. Take a moment, one breath at a time, to listen to each inhale and exhale and watch/observe how the body is receiving and releasing the breath, physically, metaphorically, emotionally, and psychologically.

Harness that energy, like they are seedlings, that you will plant them in the soil. When summer comes, the season of heat and action, will get the ball rolling. The following simple exercise may give you a lift to take some first steps, and allow us to see the ideas in words, which often is not quite the same as a conceptual state in the head. But if you have already begun and has sown your seeds,

May we all able to connect with the powerful energy deep within ourselves. May we graciously accept this innate wisdom that has passing on from generations to generations. May we truthfully manifest this subtle beauty – through our breath, a blink of the eye, a twitch of a finger, each step we make with our feet, each beating of the heart – into a tangible means, one motion, one step, one inhale and one exhale at a time.

Let’s all our creative energy meets at some planes at some point at some time.

[ b-ê :: well ] is where cannot be filled and never full.



Humidity level – SPRING in Full Swing

If you have had a session with me (massage, yoga or YT) this week, you will know what i am writing here:

Humidity in the air/environment is in full swing, so is our body.

If you find yourself feeling heavy, headache, nauseous, fatique, puffy eyes when you wake up in the morning, swollen feet/ankle at the end of the day, diarrhea/looser stool than usual, peeing often, etc. These are all signs of water retention in the body. The best way to resolve it so that we can feel lighter in body and spirit is a little bit of cardio exercise to sweat that trapped liquid out, even walking faster than you normally would, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. will be a good way to increase your heartrate and sweat out the particules that the body needs to get rid of.

It may sound counter-intuitive but in fact, drinking more water will be helpful to how you may be experiencing. It is because water retention is one condition amongst other signs of the ‘dampness’ trapped in the body.

‘Dampness’ can be understood as extra humidity or liquid in the body. In TCM, dampness can be manifested as:
Water is not being absorbed as much as the digestive system would usually do, so uneliminated liquid is stored in the different parts of body in various forms described above.

There many things that can ease this discomfort. One of the easest, practical and delicious (to some people) are raw barley (not recommended for pregnant women) and cilantro/la corriandre FR (NOT Italian parsley, NOT Canadian coriander)