|As spring approaches, we look forward to new beginnings and are reminded that before a birth happens, we need to cleanse and make space.
We may have a week of warmth and sun followed by another snowstorm, so along with our enthusiasm this is also a time to be gentle and patient!
In Ayurveda, a mind-body health system from India, this time of year is considered to be “kapha” season. Kapha, one of the 3 primary mind-body types is associated with sweet, cool, moist energy. Kapha people tend to be solid and loving and they hold on to things– mentally, emotionally, & physically.
Some of us are naturally more kapha-like than others, but to some degree for each of us we can balance the kapha-dominance in our environment using foods and lifestyle choices. As this is often a wet, cool time of year where we feel the stagnation before the blooms of spring, we can support ourselves with foods and activities that are dry, warm, light, and energizing.
Some of the best foods at this time are bitter greens, and this is also a great time to undergo a cleanse. Greens (in food or supplement form) particularly support the liver, one of our primary organs of detoxification. See the “Ann Recommends” section below for supplement suggestions.
Let the warmer weather inspire you to get out and exercise to burn off the toxins and sluggishness of winter! Active, vigorous exercise is great for most of us at this time!
Along with physical cleansing, detox your emotions by searching your heart of any unforgiveness and let it go. Support your mind by writing down your fears and toxic beliefs, and turn each one into a positive affirmation which you can say, read &/ or listen to regularly!
Just as the deeper we exhale, the more room we have to fill ourselves with breath, the deeper we let go now the greater the payoff! Emptiness and fullness are one dancing as two. Blessings on your release and rebirth!
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