Next up in the #meridianmonday series, I thought I’d better get this one out while it is still actually Spring here in the southern hemisphere!
Spring is Liver and Gall Bladder season, and in 5 element theory, Spring is Yang energy, and associated with the element of Wood.
Wood and Spring are about growth, re-birth, change, emergence, and pushing through – imagine a sapling sprouting and pushing through the earth and the energy that takes.
In relation to Wood, it’s important to have strength and flexibility, but not too much of either.
Too much strength can cause us to become rigid and break, and too much flexibility means there’s not enough boundaries to keep good structure and function.
In Spring, our energy stirs, waking from the slumber of deep Yin/Winter
Spring is one of the best times of year to do a detox, due to the surge of Liver and Gallbladder energy that support this process.
As such, we might have more energy to get moving on projects – such as “spring cleaning.” It’s the season of getting things moving as we head towards the heat of Summer.
The function of the Liver in 5 element theory is to manage the smooth flow of Qi through the body.
In Spring, we need to take extra care of our Liver as it’s the season that affects it the most. This is related to wind, which stirs up Liver energy and might cause a flare up in Liver related issues.
Hayfever is a common issue in Spring, and is connected to the Liver attacking the Lungs. When it’s out of balance, Liver is also associated with anger and frustration.
But when Liver is balanced, the expression shifts to expansion…
Given that Spring is about allowing movement and flow, this is a good time of year to reflect on what you’ve been holding onto, and work out what’s needed to let go of old emotional patterns and habits.
The Gall Bladder assists the Liver in maintaining the standards of health and functioning that the Liver sets for the body. Consider it to be the executive officer to the general (Liver), who carries out the orders of the general.
The Liver and Gall Bladder work together to store blood, and control our muscles and tendons.
Some correlations include:
- Feeling: Anger
- Taste: Sour
- Sense organs: Eye
- Tissues: Tendons
- Virtues: Patience and forgiveness
- Colour: Green
Emotions of Spring (Wood), Liver and Gall Bladder
Self-care in Spring
- Be aware of your anger and frustration – book a Kinesiology session to help transform stagnant Liver and Gall Bladder Qi!
- Increase your consumption of green foods: broccoli, beans, peas, kale, lettuce, snow peas, sprouts, vegetable broths, low-glycaemic fruits, nuts, seeds, water, bitters, and green or herbal teas.
Note: it’s not yet in salad season, so stick to warm foods like a stir fry with lots of greens
- Start your day with a warm lemon water to include the taste of sour into each day
- Reduce/avoid: grains, dairy, fried and processed foods, alcohol, and coffee
- The 24 hour meridian clock tells that Qi is at strongest in the Gallbladder from 11pm–1am and in the Liver from 1am–3am. Going to bed early supports the rejuvenation of your Qi!
- Move your body each day – take a bush walk, go to a yoga class
- Meditation – consider what you’d like to see grow and flourish in the next year, and plan steps to make it happen!
Happy Monday. Take care of your precious organs!
Ambha Amanda Roberts is a Kinesiologist, Intuitive Healer, educator and facilitator based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She offers Kinesiology sessions both in-person and via Skype/Zoom all over the world.
Ambha Amanda is the co-creator of Adventures of Staria, which includes a series of Staria cards, and an upcoming book for children (including inner children).