We are moving into the Wood element, hallelujah! Spring is my favorite season, so lets think about trees. The body/tree metaphor makes a lot of sense. We cultivate from our roots, our family histories, patterns, and identification which will determine the outcome we bring forth externally…but how much balance the tree has in terms of external influences will determine the quality of growth the tree has. Catch my drift? This is the part we get to have a say in, and change if we choose. So I invite you to make some bold decisions this Spring, and grow your most beautiful shoots, blossoms and leaves!
So lets dig a little bit deeper. How present are your roots? What are the stories, memories, and thoughts from your past? Some that we want to forget, some we relish in thinking about often, and some that linger as unfinished business. Whatever our personal roots are, they are effecting our present through the intricate systems of our bodies cells, nerves, and tissues more than we can imagine. So once we acknowledge that our ‘root system’ is fundamental to what we want in our present, than the desire to re-route patterns that aren’t useful anymore will be something inspirational and exciting, like going on a private adventure deep down into the soil of our beings; tilling, watering, and getting lighter so that we can really flourish.
After checking out the influence of our roots, lets look at the surface, our bark, our skin, our outer layer to the world. Do you have a bark that would hurt if someone got too close, or a smooth silver birch tree bark which attracts touch, attention and admiration? The skin is the largest organ of the body, encasing all of our internal contents, helping to detoxify, and showing our state of health. Think about what kind of bark you’d like to have. This is a great way to think about boundaries, literally what it would feel like if someone got close and what would happen if we made our bark more inviting.
And then: what kind of leaves are you sprouting? Are your roots nourished in a way to spring forth all your ideas into fruition, green and vital? Are they big enough to provide shade for someone? Are you a flowering tree sending out a sweet fragrance for those you come close to? While we don’t have choice about our roots coming from seeds which were planted even before we were born, we do have choice in how we nourish those roots, what nutrients we take in, how we take care of the bark by exfoliating our skin, applying natural skin care products, and the boundaries we set. Thus we can then decide the outcome, how we bloom when spring comes and ultimately be the gardener of our own experience thus yield an abundant harvest.
I feel 100% certain that the work we do on our bodies is an essential foundation to everything else we do. I am so happy to be reminded of this, as my clients sometimes express that taking time for themselves feels like a ‘luxury’. I am here to tell you that it is essential! So I want you to take the time to receive, learn, and be inspired to feel your best possible now.
About Shandoah Goldman:
Shandoah Goldman is a Brooklyn based Ohashiatsu trained Shiatsu practioner, specializing in teaching her clients about their bodies intrinsic movement. Coming to the practice at age 17, she has developed her own unique style where her experience as a dancer (M.A.), macrobiotic chef, and the daughter of an acupuncturist contributes to a thorough knowledge of the body. Macrobiotic principles and Five Element theory influence Shandoah greatly in her approach to facilitating the balanced body; regarding the environment as a macrocosm of ourselves.
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