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What would help you maximize this season of spring? Wood would.

In my previous life (before my 6’7” husband was in the picture), I typically drove small convertible sports cars. The inconvenience of having a small car like that in the winter was offset by the delightful experience of driving my convertible around in the summer. What was most memorable about those “top-down” days was the first day after our long, cold winters, when it was warm enough to put the top down, smell the fresh air, feel the sun on my face, drive fast, and experience the exhilaration of something new and exciting. Those of us in the Feng Shui world would describe this as a “Wood” moment.

In the Five Chinese Elements system, Wood is generally considered the first of the five, even though the Elements progress in a cyclic fashion with no real beginning or end. Wood, however, signals something new and fresh-like a “start over” time. It’s appropriate that Wood aligns with spring.

Think about the various patterns that we unconsciously observe at this time of year:

  • Spring cleaning
  • Seeing little green shoots peeking up through the soil and green buds on trees
  • Opening the windows after a long winter
  • Cleaning out gardens
  • Bringing fresh flowers into the house
  • Making new plans – for life, travel, work, family, etc.
  • Taking long walks again
  • Feeling the need to create something – art, scrapbooks, quilts, furniture, etc.

All of these represent the Wood element-something new and fresh. People who have a strong Wood personality can be the ones who crave the next shine-y object, always in search of something enticing. Wood people are also amazing leaders who find innovative ways to resolve issues. You want to elicit change? Get a Wood person to help you or you encourage your own Wood to step up.

If you feel you could benefit this spring from being aware of the Wood Element, here are some things you could do:

  • Get out in nature
  • Bring flowers into your home regularly
  • Incorporate the color green by what you wear or in your surroundings (get a shade of green you love)
  • Hang a wooden windchime inside or outside
  • Incorporate bamboo (real or a picture)
  • Eat outside when weather permits
  • Have artwork that incorporates images of trees and forests

So, if you’re wondering what would help you make the most of this season of spring: yes, Wood would.