Lichun 立春 - Beginning of Spring is the time of year for new beginnings in general. It is also time to continue growing the ever-expanding Yang in our bodies so as to mimic the expanding Yang in the natural world.
In TCM, Spring is the time associated with the Wood phase and the Liver.
This is the time to consume foods that help maintain normal Liver function, especially the Yang of Liver. For example, appropriate foods this time of year include back sesames, Chinese yam, scallions, leeks, chives, cilantro, and garlic.
Here, I was sweating & walking outside in a 5° environment which if you know me or has been on a trip with me, you’d know how that is quite unimaginable. But look at this!! I was feeling myself walking around with just one down liner underneath a sweatshirt. My secret? My tight hugging #Oneil wetsuit! It really did a wonderful job in keeping me warm in #Sapporo esp on the day we arrived at 1°C 🥶。It was a perfect heat insulator, does a much better job than #Uniqlo’s ultra heat tech down liners. I wore 3layers of that in #Tokyo when it was just the beginning of autumn but I was still chilled. Imagine, gusts of cold wind cannot penetrate the wetsuit which was really awesome. Only downside is, it gets too warm when you are indoors. Many times I got smothered by the heat I sometimes can’t help but grab the collar down or blow air inside it in public places, on the train esp. Still, I’ll choose the heat. I’m a ball of misery and crankiness when I’m cold. I will bring my #rashguards in #Spring next time & test how they’ll fare with the cold.
The first inhabitants of Kwatarkwashi decided to settle there because of the rock. They believed a powerful spirit dwelled on the rock and they worshipped this spirit. In addition, the rock’s many caves offered protection during difficult battles, the spring water that flowed from the rock was a steady source of clean and refreshing water, and the wild life provided food. The decision to settle around the rock must have been an easy one for these early warriors, hunters, and farmers. Thus, they founded Kwatarkwashi and named it after their prominent ruler called Kwatashi.
In an annual event - Daukar Maiki – daring, healthy, and strong youths would climb to the peak of Kwatarkwashi Rock, go to the biggest cave, and attempt to catch one of the eagles that lives there. If successful, they would present the eagle alive to their leader. It is sad that the Catching of the Eagle event has been banned now. In any case, eagles no longer live on Kwatarkwashi Rock. The locals say the eagles flew away one morning and never returned. The experts call it local extinction: the eagles migrated and must have found a better home, so they never returned. .
Evening lovelies 💙 I hope you all had a lovely lovely day! Can’t get over how cold it is! 🌨 and it’s only Wednesday and I’m already wanting the weekend to hurry up because I’m off snowboarding 🏂 👏🏻 also partly super excited as it means I can be warm in layers and huge ski jackets and trousers, which I would be wearing around london if it was acceptable to 🙈 .
Also this week has been a little challenge for me and with lack of sleep, and feeling overwhelmed with stress, I come to write captions and posts and I struggle on what to say sometimes 🙈 so I’m telling you all instead 💙 I try and keep this space as positive as I can, but of course it is completely normal to all have days and weeks like this. And I’m learning a little bit at a time just how much I need to start working on finding a balance between work and rest, which I will do I’m sure 💙 so to any of you having one of those days or weeks, whatever the reason I’m sending hugs and positive vibes your way 💙 we’ve got this!
Have a wonderful evening, you lovely lot ✨ .
Wearing @newlook#thisisnewlook 💙
📸 by @sarahellen_photography ✨