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Spring is Here: Are You Ready to Grow?

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Spring is here.

Outside, little shoots of green begin to poke out of the dirt, carrying their instinct and determination from the dormancy of winter out into the world to be seen. The knowing that they have been nurturing throughout the colder months has gathered enough strength now to rise up against the forces of gravity, and grow mightily into the fullest expression of their being.

In Chinese Medicine, Spring is the season of Wood, of growth, of visions and dreams and the audacity to follow them. It is the season of healthy aggression, sometimes perceived as anger, and our ability to set clear boundaries in order to stay on our path and grow towards wholeness. For within each of us is a deep knowing, and like the plants and trees our instincts and determination can carry us far beyond any perceived limitations of the outside world, if only we are willing to listen and trust.

In reality, obstacles abound. We can think of a million reasons why we can’t have what we want from life. Sometimes it feels easier to comply with the demands of society, to relinquish control to external powers, or to get so swept up in the needs of others that we forget we have our own. Sometimes the obstacles are real, sometimes we fabricate them in order to feel safe – dormancy and oppression have their own kind of comfort when the alternative is riddled with fear and the unknown.

But we were not made to be on this Earth for any other reason than to discover our innate intelligence. To search inside for that spark of starlight that created us and to follow it into its fullest expression, informing and inspiring the world we live in.

This journey from inner to outer change does, without question, require a certain boldness, bravery, and tenacity. Not everyone will understand or agree with the ways in which we choose to grow, for following our own voice often means that we are no longer governed by the motives of others. We may meet resistance, stoking fear and worry, but our persistence and the healthy aggression that accompanies springtime energy can be utilized to set the boundaries necessary for our growth and expansion.

Soon the sprout that peeks from beneath the soil will realize its potential as green leaves take shape, flowers blossom, fruit appears, and fragrance fills the air. Never does it question the process, the meaning, the value. Its innate intelligence is designed to trust that with adequate sunlight, nourishment, space, and support, it will become exactly what it was always meant to be.

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This really spoke to me about growing and taking care of self before others, even if it is misunderstood by the masses ❤️

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Thank you, Karly! Yes, taking care of self before others paradoxically allows us to be of greater service, though our culture doesn't provide a lot of support for that. It's often easier to check off other people's needs ahead of our own (and we get more validation from that) but unless we stoke our own fire, the light will eventually burn out. For me, currently, it's about giving myself permission to follow and feel JOY -- without guilt or shame. What does taking care of self mean to you? 💜

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