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Spring and the Wood Element…

Spring and the Wood Element…

Spring and the Wood Element…

The Season of Spring and the Wood Element…

As the cherry blossoms are letting us know, Nature is beginning to emerge out of
its Watery depths and shift into Spring, and the Element of Wood. All the potential
that has been cultivating underneath the surface is now ready to manifest more outward,
as the seeds of life are awakening to put into action their unique blueprint. The
energetics of this time of year are forward, direct, outward, and upwards, as it
takes this level of intention and assertion to allow all things to facilitate awakening
and purpose. The same is true for us, as we are a mirror of Nature.

I use the metaphor of bamboo to illustrate the inner qualities of the Wood Element.
In Buddhist/Taoist philosophy, bamboo represents resistance to hardship, its strong
but resilient character; in Confucian philosophy it symbolizes loyalty, perseverance,
and uprightness. In all its strength, and ability to grow with unyielding fortitude,
it must remain flexible. And this is the key to healthy Wood. This is how we make
plans and decisions that are in line with our vision, while staying a path of benevolence
versus judgement and belligerence. The elemental nature of Wind is also a part of
the Wood Element. And in health, it is gentle, invisible, and transient.

While Water is an Element of “being”, Wood is an Element of “doing”. This is our
most action-oriented time of year. Get out your checklists, to-do lists, vision
boards and start organizing and manifesting. From the daily chores around the house
to the big goals for the year, this is the time for planning. The Wood Element also
rules over our tendons and fascia, so this an ideal time to be strength training
and doing cardio with short bursts and high intensity.

On a meridian/organ level, we look to the Liver and the Gallbladder, as they govern
all of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual functions of the Wood Element
in the human body. From a western view, they rule our detoxification processes and
aid in digestion. But they are also in charge of how we deal with toxic environments/people
energetically and all the plans and decisions that go on underneath the surface
for all our bodily processes to function optimally. On an emotional and spirit level,
it is our ability to assert ourselves into action, process the emotion of anger,
and feel our own sense of direction and purpose to ultimately make impactful changes
to help this world. The Liver/Gallbladder’s peak time of day is from 11pm-3am, so
one of the best things you can do to support all of what they need to do on a moment
to moment basis is to be in bed by 11pm.

In the kitchen… our diet should be the lightest during this time of year. It’s
a great opportunity to be eating local, taking advantage of the expansive, more
Yang energy that is first bursting through the ground – young plants, fresh greens,
sprouts, wheat/cereal grasses, nettles, and dandelion, are just some examples. Cooking
should be done for shorter amounts of time, but at higher temperatures, like a quick
sauté in or steam. Use herbs/condiments such as basil, fennel, rosemary, dill, vinegar,
chrysanthemum and bay leaf. While sour is the flavor of the Wood Element, and incorporating
those pickled and fermented foods would be indicated, you’ll also want to balance
that with a little bit of sweet. Wishing you a great Spring!

Warmly,
– David
The Zen of Healing
David A. Tucker, MSAOM, L.Ac, LMP
206-696-1121
4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300
Seattle, Washington 98105
 

As the cherry blossoms are letting us know, Nature is beginning to emerge out of its Watery depths and shift into Spring, and the Element of Wood. All the potential that has been cultivating underneath the surface is now ready to manifest more outward, as the seeds of life are awakening to put into action their unique blueprint. The energetics of this time of year are forward, direct, outward, and upwards, as it takes this level of intention and assertion to allow all things to facilitate awakening and purpose. The same is true for us, as we are a mirror of Nature.  
I use the metaphor of bamboo to illustrate the inner qualities of the Wood Element. In Buddhist/Taoist philosophy, bamboo represents resistance to hardship, its strong but resilient character; in Confucian philosophy it symbolizes loyalty, perseverance, and uprightness. In all its strength, and ability to grow with unyielding fortitude, it must remain flexible. And this is the key to healthy Wood. This is how we make plans and decisions that are in line with our vision, while staying a path of benevolence versus judgement and belligerence. The elemental nature of Wind is also a part of the Wood Element. And in health, it is gentle, invisible, and transient.  
While Water is an Element of “being”, Wood is an Element of “doing”. This is our most action-oriented time of year. Get out your checklists, to-do lists, vision boards and start organizing and manifesting. From the daily chores around the house to the big goals for the year, this is the time for planning. The Wood Element also rules over our tendons and fascia, so this an ideal time to be strength training and doing cardio with short bursts and high intensity.  
On a meridian/organ level, we look to the Liver and the Gallbladder, as they govern all of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual functions of the Wood Element in the human body. From a western view, they rule our detoxification processes and aid in digestion. But they are also in charge of how we deal with toxic environments/people energetically and all the plans and decisions that go on underneath the surface for all our bodily processes to function optimally. On an emotional and spirit level, it is our ability to assert ourselves into action, process the emotion of anger, and feel our own sense of direction and purpose to ultimately make impactful changes to help this world. The Liver/Gallbladder’s peak time of day is from 11pm-3am, so one of the best things you can do to support all of what they need to do on a moment to moment basis is to be in bed by 11pm.  
In the kitchen… our diet should be the lightest during this time of year. It’s a great opportunity to be eating local, taking advantage of the expansive, more Yang energy that is first bursting through the ground – young plants, fresh greens, sprouts, wheat/cereal grasses, nettles, and dandelion, are just some examples. Cooking should be done for shorter amounts of time, but at higher temperatures, like a quick sauté in or steam. Use herbs/condiments such as basil, fennel, rosemary, dill, vinegar, chrysanthemum and bay leaf. While sour is the flavor of the Wood Element, and incorporating those pickled and fermented foods would be indicated, you’ll also want to balance that with a little bit of sweet. Wishing you a great Spring!   

Warmly, 
– David  
The Zen of Healing 
David A. Tucker, MSAOM, L.Ac, LMP 

The Zen of Healing 4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300 Seattle, Washington 98105

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