Spring energy is arriving…aaaahhhhh!
Here in North America, we are welcoming the warmer temperatures, the birds singing, the buds popping up, and the lighter clothing. Winter has shared its gifts, and we’re ready for a fresh new beginning.
Yet from an Ayurvedic perspective, that earthy, wet feeling of Spring can actually accumulate in our bodies and minds, and send us out of balance.
I love Ayurveda’s simple philosophy around balance—like attracts like, and opposites bring equilibrium.
We are entering Kapha season, which means Nature is embodying the attributes of that Dosha—cool, wet, damp, muddy, earthy, stagnant, heavy, and slow. When we tune into our bodies, we may realize we are reflecting these spring traits with a lack of energy and motivation, a feeling of coolness, sloth-like movement, or dampness that shows up in colds and sinus congestion.
If we mimic that energy in our day-to-day living, we can increase that kapha state, and potentially send ourselves out of balance.
Without realizing it, we might be increasing an imbalance by eating cold, slow to digest foods, practicing super chill yoga, meditating lying down, or using deeply grounding aromatherapy oils. There’s nothing wrong with these choices, but Ayurveda teaches us they have their time and place.
In order to counter-balance Kapha issues, we can incorporate attributes from the other doshas. Think energy, warmth, dryness, spaciousness, and lightness of being.
We can choose light, airy, warm, spicy foods, more activity, and stimulating, uplifting essential oils, which help us balance out the effects of early Spring.
Try spicy food to warm up your digestion and your internal fire, or a more energized yoga practice. Experiment with walking meditation to keep moving, or try adding some light airy popcorn and rice crackers to the menu. Work astringent tastes like acai berries or crisp, tart apples into your diet, or include Breath of Fire in your yoga practice. See what fits for you, and give it a whirl!
Instead of mimicking the damp, slow energy of spring, try jazzing up your world and light a fire under yourself!
If you witness people in your life experiencing a lethargic, bummed-out heaviness, you can help. Give them a delicious warm hug and ask what’s spicy and stimulating in their world right now. You may just light a spark–and doesn’t every fire begin with a little spark?
Take the time to check in and pay attention to how you feel when you incorporate these changes—are your soul-fires burning a little brighter?
If balancing everything seems complicated, try breaking it down into small steps. Choose one area of your life that feels good to make a shift, and start with that.
My daughter and I are loving this mantra lately–“take manageable bites.” This simple idea has helped us through feelings of over-whelmedness! When we stop looking at the huge pile of things to do, decisions to make, or feelings to process, and just look at bite-size pieces, suddenly life feels more relaxed and things actually get accomplished.
This concept is helpful when navigating the challenges of this season. You might find yourself procrastinating right now, even tasks you look forward to. If so, it could be a reflection of the energy in the air–quite literally. I get it. I procrastinated writing this blog!
Ayurvedic wisdom brings me back to balance every time. Yet everyone is so different and we all respond to the world around us in different ways. In the comments below, I’d love to hear how the spring energy is impacting you right now–and how you find balance.
My wish for you is a vibrant, energized, inspiring Kapha season. May you have a Spring in your step and a bright smile on your face.
May your soul-fires burn bright,