This picture says it all. A year and a day ago, I wrote my first blog post – and we were in the middle of the best weather we had for all of 2012 (at the wrong time, but lovely nonetheless).
I’ve just taken this photo in our garden, having struggled to muster together a few greenish twigs and buds to decorate our Easter lunch table.
Of course, nature has its ups and downs, and each year is unpredictable, so why does this matter therapeutically? Well, we’re confused mood-wise, it’s hard to make decisions or put plans into action, and on an internal energy level we’re in a classic stop-go-stop-go cycle, an inner tussle between hopeful enthusiasm and dispirited let-down. I’ve looked around me at the incredulous faces when the sun comes out, and I simply don’t remember a spring quite like this one. It’s almost as if people have given up banking on any seasonal expectations.
But we’re adaptable beings, and we’ll keep moving in an approximately forward direction, doing the things we would normally be doing at this time of year but perhaps with some timing adjustments and some added precautions. I’m thinking vegetables and the growing thereof … as regular readers of this blog will find unsurprising.
As an acupuncturist, I’m always tuning in to the seasons and how they are affecting us – and clearly this year is being challenging. I’ve asked myself whether it’s appropriate to do spring seasonal treatments when there’s lying snow and sub-zero daytime temperatures. But spring it is, just a very chilly one – the days are still lengthening, the trees are looking like they’re about to burst into leaf, the birds are billing and cooing, and round here where we live, the lambs are big enough not to be looking cute any more.
So, my patients have been getting their spring tonics if they need them, and feeling all the better for it. There’s an argument for offering an extra launch pad for new ventures and new enthusiasms, rather than hanging back, exactly because winter’s shouting a rather loud and protracted farewell.
Book an acupuncture consultation now on 07970 295177 – your spring tonic awaits!