by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
Peacefulmind.com

Spring is here and change is in the air. New beginnings is the theme of Spring and the best way to do this is by perception. The way we look at something or the way we perceive it, make the difference between a negative outlook and a positive one. This time of Spring has been celebrated over the centuries as the beginning of the rebirth period. The Spring Season is probably one of the most embraced and most significant of the season changes, for it denotes the start of new life, regeneration of nature and the renewal of the spirit. Here are some wonderful suggestions for having a bountiful Spring:

1. Time to declutter: Feng Shui or the “art of placement” is a centuries old tradition of aligning and visualizing the free flow of “vital energy” in and around your life! It starts be decluttering the home, office and life around you in order to create a better flow of “unobstructed energy”. It is the honoring of our ancestors and the respect for nature and our surroundings. Learn how to decultter your life… (http://www.peacefulmind.com/decluttering-your-life)

2. Detox that body!: It is easy to do a detox in the Spring and therefore, the best way to keep the body at its most optimum, working level. By enjoying lighter, cooler, healthy, Spring foods, getting good quality sleep and moderate exercise, this can keep our physical form at it’s best. Learn ways to care for your skin, our greatest detoxing organ, find the best herbs for detoxing and clean up your diet to improve total body function! Learn more about detoxing… (http://www.peacefulmind.com/seasonal-detox)

3. Get back to exercise: Exercise is what your body instinctively wants to do especially under stress: fight or flight, and it works. It burns off some of the stress chemicals which tension produces. Therefore, a tired muscle is a relaxed muscle. Regular exercise builds stamina that can help anyone battle stress. But even something as casual as a walk around the block can help you burn off some of the tension that you carrying around. Get started today… (http://www.peacefulmind.com/seasonal-healing/exercise)

4. Change your medicine chest: With the change of seasons from Winter to Spring, we need to change our supplies in our medicine cabinet. Use the herbs in tincture, pill or capsule form. Astragalus restoring both resilience and immunity and efficiency of metabolism. Burdock Root helps to purify blood and restores the liver by reducing build up of toxins in the skin and helps gallbladder function and immunity. Dandelion Root is an excellent tonic for the liver and blood purifier. It’s best for a variety of liver and gallbladder problems. Echinacea is used in the treatment of infectious wounds and burns or eruptive skin complaints. Helpful in retiring bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Garlic is an antibiotic that can actually kill infecting bacteria and at the same time protect the body from the poisons that are causing the infection… (http://www.peacefulmind.com/seasonal-healing/seasons/spring)

5. Rekindle your creativity: Living is an act of creativity. Not just being an artist, writer, painter but the sheer act of living is a creative force that we often do not acknowledge. Living consciously and with awareness is an act of even deeper creativity. On many levels, creativity is an inner process: what you dream, imagine, and then give physical form to, is the transition from inner insight to an outer process. This is what you create. Making a dream or an idea a reality. Creativity is often used to refer to the process of creating new ideas, actions or approaches. Innovation is the process of both generating and applying such creative ideas in some specific context. Find your creative spark… (http://www.peacefulmind.com/energy-medicine/priorities-of-life/creativity)

6. Cope with anger: You’ve been holding on to this for sometime and now is the time to deal with it. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the paradigm of Feng Shui, Spring is the emotion of anger. Anger is the feeling we experience when events in our world are not going according to our plans. Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions affecting our minds. Because it is based on an exaggeration, anger is an expression of our belief system and how we defend it. It’s as if we have an inner idea of how things, events and people should be for us. When we get angry and either feel frustrated or try to change them, we tend to give away our power! Many of us remain a victim to our tempers all of our lives. In essence, anger is the feeling we get when we want to control the world around us. Learn how to cope with anger… http://www.peacefulmind.com/encyclopedia/anger)

7. Explore your surroundings: Exploring our surroundings can give us a new found outlook on life! Get out there, smell the flowers, take a walk, rediscover nature. Spring offers us a refreshing new look at the world around us as it opens itself up to new possibilities. Take a que from the change of seasons and try opening yourself up to all the possibilities that await. Try this walking meditation… (http://www.peacefulmind.com/energy-medicine/meditation/meditation-village)

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