As spring makes her way into this D.C. region, we are now greeted more regularly by the sun's warming rays. The light remains in the sky just a touch more with each passing day. Some area gardeners are breaking ground for pansies and other weather-appropriate flowers, while others' dormant plantings are sprouting and surfacing above the soil. These many signs of hope foster and nurture the blossoming warmth in our hearts, akin to an icicle melting after a long winter's sleep.
The warmer seasons are also a time to reevaluate our dietary regime now that the hibernating period has drawn to a close. Cleanses are a popular approach to the season as they help us shed acquired winter weight and renew our energies. Within the context of incorporating appropriate foods, dark greens like watercress and arugula are fine inclusions for meals, smoothies and other places on our dinner plate. Just as Mother Nature's temperatures continue to climb upward, so must we adjust by incorporating more cooling foods.
This is also an excellent season to take stock in our homes and toss what is no longer in use. Our home and hearth do nurture our spirit and its maintenance does indeed impact our energies, mental clarity and ability to move forward across each area of our lives. Ancient Chinese tradition celebrates the value of Feng Shui, which actively speaks to this wisdom about how our physical space does indeed impact our mental processes. Many also contend that how we opt to maintain our home's surroundings equally speaks to our inner sanctuary, and what internal purifying remains in progress. Spend short windows of time regularly and consider how to implement the nourishing principles of Feng Shui as we welcome in the 2013 Spring season. Now that we have entered Spring, continued meditative practices can now be enjoyed in Mother Nature for the extraordinary wellness she easily provides us all.
This article is not meant to serve as medical advice. Please seek the direction of a certified naturopath or medical professional for treatment and diagnosis of disease.