All the Portland flowers remind me that one year ago I was in China for six weeks. When I first arrived, the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine organized a day trip to bring us to see spring flowers.
That day we drove an hour to go outside of the city of Chengdu which has a population of 13 million. When we reached our small town destination, we took a walk on paved steps to reach a temple to the Medicine Buddha. The scenery was beautiful, misty, and green.
I don't remember too many flowers from that day, though it may have been jet lag and a totally new place that contributed to my impression. I wasn't alone in having some level of disorientation or adventurous spirit.
I soon found myself with two young women from the University as we tried to descend the hill by town roads. In addition to studying for their Bachelor's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, these women are talented translators and fans of the English language. All three of us wanted to see another side of the hill but we ultimately had to go back up to the top and descend on the paved walkway.
In contrast, here in Portland there is much opportunity to walk on non-paved areas or streets with garden sidewalks. I see many amazing flowers every time I take a walk. Lately when I drive to a different neighborhood or different city I take the time to talk a walk and just marvel at the flowers.
In springtime do you feel renewed and more energetic than in the winter? Are you outdoors more often and feel like moving your body more? To feel more aligned with all this spring motion, some people change their exercise or eating habits temporarily to do detoxification programs.
A temporary change in exercise and diet for spring can make you feel stronger against colds, less allergic, and weigh less on the bathroom scale. Though you may feel immediate benefits by what you choose to do now, you will also notice long-term effects beyond the immediate season, so you can feel well during the whole year.
If you've never done something like this, I invite you download my own green smoothie recipe for breakfast and observe how you feel that day. I also invite you to try movement for the spring. Whether you're in Portland or somewhere else, there is something for you below.
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