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by Farley D October 10, 2018 3 mins read
Flowers are starting to bloom, the smell of freshly mown grass is in the air, the birds are extra chirpy… which can only mean one thing! Spring is in the air, here in Australia and for all our southern hemisphere SuperFeasters.
The transition from winter to spring can be tricky for some, but we can follow the cues from nature to ensure we reap the benefits of this beautiful seasonal change. Like the folks from the Daoist tradition, observing nature can provide so many relevant and true insights. Easy example – spring is when the flower buds start to open and emerge, from their dormancy; like us, as we shake off those cobwebs and emerge from our insulated winter shelters. Because during winter, it is a-ok to be sleeping a bit extra; we prioritise sleep at SuperFeast HQ.
But spring is a time for renewal, it’s a time for shifting gears from our inward facing, hibernation practices during winter, to something more proactive and creative - a time for opportunity and growth. This could mean many things for you – maybe it’s starting that project you have been putting off, reconnecting with friends and family, getting creative in the kitchen and trying new recipes or starting a movement practice to reinvigorate the mind and body. It really is like the clichéd butterfly emerging from her safe, warm, secure cocoon. Actually, we think it's a darn good time to try our 100 Days of Schizandra Challenge.
For the Chinese, traditionally there are known to be five elements and each element helps explain all of nature’s phenomena – including the seasons. Wood is the element reflecting spring. During winter, wood is relatively dormant, stable and quiet, as it hibernates from the cold. When spring appears, there is a surge, a rising in energy. Somewhat of a rebirth. This is also a time of vision :)
Practically speaking, spring is the time to support our detoxification organs, we’re talking our beautiful liver and our lymphatic system, which have been relatively stagnant over the winter period.
Some tips for your transition from winter to spring:
Enjoy this time of reawakening and creativity. We’d love to hear about your transitioning into the new season. This transformative time might be supported by our podcast Transformation with Tonic Herbalism. And maybe you're having some skin issues due to the seasonal effects, we've got you covered with some tips here. Need more inspiration about joining us on #100daysofschiz?! Check out the sexy 7 benefits of Schizandra :)
Farley is the SuperFeast marketing magician and eco queen. Farley has a deep love and respect for this planet we call home and is always exploring innovative ways to reduce waste and support the sustainability of her personal and professional practices. Farley is happiest when listening to Simply Red and sipping on a hot cacao tonic drink. He shou wu, tremella, astragalus and ashwagandha are among Farley’s favourite herbs, of which she has on high rotation throughout the day. A grounded taurean, Farley appreciates beauty and design and loves the sun and oceanic air. You can find Farley rocking loud patterns and sporting quirky socks on any given day. A true angel and beloved part of our SuperFeast team.
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