The Spring Equinox occurs on March 19th or 20th every year. Springtime is when we begin to notice the weather begin to shift from cold and dry to warmer and wet. The word "Equinox" comes from aequus, the Latin word for "equal," and nox, the Latin word for "night". It is the time of the year when we experience equal periods of day and night.
It is the optimal time of year to gently cleanse and to make sure that old habits that no longer serve us are not brought into the new season. If we imagine our lives to be like a garden, now is the time to pull weeds that may have surfaced and nurture the new growth that is occurring. If we do not take the time to rejuvenate our liver and reduce inflammation from winter, allergies will rise up and make our lives miserable.
As I mentioned in last week's blog, our liver is the CEO of our body, with over 600 functions. Our liver “reacts to the intense anguish, cyclic rage, strong fears and unbearable difficulties.” (Barral Institute). According to Chinese Medicine, continually waking up between 1am and 3am is an indication that the liver or gallbladder is out of balance. From a broader perspective, our liver rules our ability to plan our lives. Here are few ways to truly cleanse our body, mind, emotions and spirit this spring which truly the best way to holistically support our liver.
Spring Check In
View CHALLENGES - as an opportunity to realize our divine nature
Take advantage of the OPPORTUNITY to live in harmony and balance with nature
HEIGHTEN AWARENESS: consider how have we have lived so that we can make changes if needed
Ask empowering questions such as
1. Did I do what I said I would do? If so, how do I level up? If not, why not? What needs to happen for me to honor my word/commitment to my highest good?
2. How have I been eating, exercising, taking care of myself, communicating?
Connecting with loved ones?
3. What specific steps do I need to take to get me from where I am to where I want to
be? (monthly, weekly, daily, hourly)
Cleansing the Liver and Body
While cleansing is important (we don’t want old toxins moving into the new season) to mildly cleanse the body. Eating clean and exercising is the best way to gently cleanse the liver. Here are a few simple steps to help us get there:
Attempt to go without meat four days before and two days after the equinox if possible – or limit to lunchtime only.
Journal and meditate
Do some fun activity that makes you sweat
Eat cantaloupe + cayenne pepper (as hot as you can stand it, but don’t suffer) – wait 20 minutes before eating anything else
Cleansing “orange juice” 18 limes (or lemons) + 9 dates + 1 fresh turmeric root + 1 inch piece of ginger (more if you can take it😊). Fill blender with distilled water and blend to a juice. Pour into a pitcher and drink a cup morning and evening (skip the cayenne and go light/easy on the herbs if nursing)
Eat fruits that are in season before meals or 2 hours after meals
Make lunch your heaviest meal of the day
Include a salad of chicory, endive, dandelion greens, raw onions (if you can digest them - white or red) chopped up fine, garlic (skip if you cannot digest), radishes, avocados, fresh cayenne peppers (use sparingly if suffering from hemorrhoids), watercress, shredded beets – with a dressing of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar + unrefined hemp oil or olive oil + pinch of sea or Celtic salt (add parsley, rosemary or other fresh herbs for flavor)
Take a short walk after lunch to stimulate digestion
No eating after 7 pm
Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda. - Sebastian Pole