Spring is Wood Element
Spring is the first season in the cycle of nature and wood is a good representation of this beginning. This season has the energy, the Qi or life force, of wood—like a tree rooting into the earth at the same time it reaches for the sky. A lovely balance, like the balance of yin and yang energies in spring, situated between the cold winter and hot summer.
In the five elements theory, wood is said to regulate our vision, both physically and spiritually, as well as our ability to adapt to the changes and possible obstacles that this fresh new season brings. If the energy we need to act on our vision and adapt to changes is blocked or stagnant, we may instead experience the energy of anger and frustration.
Working with the liver and its meridians—the wood element’s yin organ—can help to get our wood Qi flowing. When we have strong wood energy we can clearly see our opportunities for new growth, new beginnings, fresh and new ways of being. With the help of the wood element’s yang organ—the gallbladder—we can be decisive about our goals and act on them with calm confidence and wu wei, effortless effort.
We will practice tree qigong, many dragon movements, and since the liver is also responsible for the smooth flow of Qi through the body, we will practice the Shibashi Qigong (18 movements) to cultivate vitality and go with the flow.
Root down into what nourishes and supports you and reach for the sky to grow and blossom naturally in whatever way feels absolutely perfect for you on this natural and incredible journey. When life seems to get busy, it is even more important to commit to your practice—to move and breathe with the natural rhythm of your deepest self. Spring can be a time to match nature and be inspired, energized, and supported by the balanced energies of wood.
Lao Tzu said, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
© Sandra Tonn