The Element of Spring: Wood

The foundation of Chinese philosophy is based on the idea that human beings are a part of this universe and integral to the dynamic flow of nature just as animals and plants. For that reason, living in harmony with the seasons is a key component to health. According to Chinese Medicine, the universe is forever changing and to be at our best we must continually adapt to these changes. In Chinese medicine, the season of Spring is associated with the Wood element.

Attributes of Spring:
Element: Wood
Color: Green
Nature: Yang
Organs: Liver, Gallbladder
Emotion: Anger

Wood exemplifies the energy of growth, change, and pushing through obstacles. It represents a very active energy that allows for a lot of movement and progress, both internally and externally. When constrained, it is also the energy that contributes to frustration, anger and stress. Like the Wood element, anger can make us hard and unbendable – like the tree that snaps in a strong wind instead of swaying. So what can we learn from the Wood element? The key here is flexibility. Stand tall, plant your roots deeply, and remain flexible rather than rigid so you don’t snap. Think about the experience of anger – it is often the feeling of snapping that occurs when frustration and obstacles thwart us. Use the new energy of spring to get moving on projects. Spring is a time of action, change and rebirth.

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  1. This resonates strongly with the feelings I have been having. Very stagnant and stiff, stressed out, also with intermittent feelings of anger. Very interesting and insightful.

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