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Spring Fever

Dalai Lama, when asked about what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man.  Beacuse he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived." 

Despite our best efforts at controlling our environment, we are still a part of Mother Earth and she is part of us.  Like the ocean waves, life is all about rhythms and cycles.  From the pulse of our hearts, the cycles of night and day, and the change of seasons, we are connected by repetition.  The better we are at cycles and rhythms, big and small, the better we are at riding the magical waves of life.

 Buried Creek

I love Colorado because of the constant exchange of extremes that you can find here: high and low, hot and cold.  I find these extremes to be stimulating.  Springtime contrast causes a huge physiologic response in our bodies and minds as we enter a time of new growth.                                                                                             

Everyday I see people who have hurt themselves by trying to be superhuman.  They skimped on sleep and skipped breakfast; and find no time for exercise or for preparing and enjoying good food in the beautiful kitchens they work so hard to pay for.  They neglect their body’s basic requirements as they are driven to meet and exceed the believed milestones on their “life’s highway to success.” 
 Winter Trees
The illusion that life is linear and steady, and that we are each separate and autonomous is dangerous and dehumanizing.  This viewpoint creates a very grey world, similar to what we see before spring breaks out in green.  Many people at this time of year have neglected to notice their connection to the earth (their bodies) until they hit the wall. 
Nature moves in cyclic and spiral pathways.  Seasons of transition like spring are unplanned for in our linear “pedal to the metal” culture.  Spring is very demanding on one’s liver and gall bladder systems.  So instead of performing the necessary “spring cleaning” many people suffer stagnation of toxins like inflammatory chemicals, metabolites, and negative thinking; “Spring Blahs.” 
Spring awakening can get your attention in a variety of ways like back pain, allergies, rashes, colds, poor sleep, fatigue, achiness, prostate problems, headaches, etc.  Thank god for the messengers of discomfort because they let you know that something is not working! 
You will have pain as long as you need the message; so instead of medicating and subduing your body’s nature, why not get into the rhythm and use natural forces for your spring renewal?  Take extra pause with the unseen, before bursting into full foliage.  Meditate daily on your “To Be List” before your “To Do List.”  If you need more sleep, then go to bed early.
Think of your body as a “secret garden,” complete with a multitude of soil based microorganisms.  You need plenty of organic “compostable” food and fiber to keep your soil alive, clean and healthy.  Note the amazing tasty greens that spring up this time of year, full of antioxidants, bitters and minerals to nourish our livers and stimulate our gall bladders. 
Dane Mushroom Bowl Face Shot You will find that stimulating exercise in the fresh air is like tilling the soil of your body and mind for life-giving aeration.   Pull the weeds of negative thoughts and cultivate what you want instead.
Start planting a few seeds today for the richness you want to reap in your garden later.  Realize that you are different each day; Things will change.  With good body/mind cultivation practices, each season you will see that the soil of your body is more vibrant and your tissues more disease resistant. 
Don’t trade your health for your material wealth.  Better to cultivate a healthy immune system now than overworking to be able to pay for cancer treatment later.  Your loving attention is required to nourish the relationships you have, especially the relationships with your own body.
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Reader Comments (2)

Just reading this article made me feel brand new and full of hope. Thanks for the reminder that as the green shoots press through the earth, so also, is spring the time for bodily renewal.

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol V.W.

What a wonderful and much needed reminder, Dr. Scott! Thank you! And fantastic photo, too : )

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColleen P

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