Springing Forward

March 15, 2011 By: Mary Lane Category: Mind Body Spirit, Recipes

It has been a monumental winter for me. I am sure it has been for you as well. We are all growing, healing, reckoning, reclaiming, and regrouping at a depth and pace that makes our hair blow and our eyes tear as we gulp, hang on, and go for the ride of all rides. It is a very exciting time.

Spring can be a very powerful ally in this growth spurt we are going through. Or it can drop you to your knees in frustration, anger, resignation and depression. How we walk through spring at this time, 2011, seems very significant to me.

We are going through a collective cleanse of negative energy that will keep us from moving into the higher frequency necessary for the transition into a more life affirming existence in our world.

We are being asked to embrace our true nature, rise to the task of committing to become who we each were uniquely designed to be, and contribute our gifts to our world, no matter what they may look like.

We are being asked to let go of old wounding that keeps us hooked into our anger and victim mentality.

These are all physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities that relate to the spring season and the organs, liver and gallbladder.

Use this spring wisely. It could be crucial for you. Care for yourself. Align with this season so it can support you through these transformative times. Love, gently cleanse, and nourish your liver and gallbladder. Embrace this season as an ally that can support you.

Use the spring plants that are naturally coming into season in your environment. There is a reason they are showing up now. They cleanse and build your liver naturally without harsh artificial cleansing methods that can be damaging to your body. And remember to be kind to yourself. You are worth it.

Spring Cleaning Tonic

This is a good tonic that you can drink all through spring. Go out in nature and gather as much of the greens as possible. Not only is this a good liver tonic, but gathering wild greens out in nature gets you in touch with nature’s reflection of spring energy.

2-3 handfuls mixed herbs: parsley, dandelion leaves, mint, chickweed, miner’s lettuce, nettles, plantain.

1 TBS chopped fresh ginger

2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

2 TBS fresh lemon juice.

1-2 TBS honey

2 cups water

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until leaves are liquefied. Allow to stand for an hour or more and strain. Discard the solids and drink the refreshing liquid.

Mary Lane is author of Divine Nourishment: A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food. Find out more at www.divinenourishment.net.

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