Springing Forward

It has been a monumental winter for me. I am sure it has been for you as well. We are all growing, healing, reckoning, reclaiming, regrouping at a depth, and pace that makes our hair blow, and our eyes tear as we gulp, hang on, and go for the ride of all rides. It is a very exciting time.

Spring can be a very powerful ally in this growth spurt we are going through. Or it can drop you to your knees in frustration, anger, resignation and depression. How we walk through spring at this time, 2011, seems very significant to me.

We are going through a collective cleanse of negative energy that will keep us from moving into the higher frequency necessary for the transition into a more life affirming existence in our world.

We are being asked to embrace our true nature, rise to the task of committing to become who we each were uniquely designed to be, and contribute our gifts to our world, no matter what they may look like.

We are being asked to let go of old wounding that keeps us hooked into our anger and victim mentality.

These are all physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities that relate to the spring season and the organs, liver and gallbladder.

Use this spring wisely. It could be crucial for you. Care for yourself. Align with this season so it can support you through these transformative times. Love, gently cleanse, and nourish your liver and gallbladder to start with, and embrace this season as an ally that can support you.

Use the spring plants that are naturally coming into season in your environment. There is a reason they are showing up now. They cleanse and build your liver naturally without harsh artificial cleansing methods that can be damaging to your body. And remember to be kind to yourself, you are worth it.

Nettle & Sweet Potato Soup

Prep and cooking time: 30 minutes


1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 inch fresh ginger, chopped

4 medium cloves garlic, chopped

5 cups chicken or vegetable broth

2 medium sized sweet potatoes, diced in ½ inch cubes

3 cups fresh chopped nettle leaves, rinsed,

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

salt and white pepper to taste

Nettle & Sweet Potato Soup Directions

Sauté ginger and onion over medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring frequently.  Add garlic and continue to sauté for another minute. Add broth, and bring to a boil on high heat.

Once it comes to a boil reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered for another 5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 more minutes.

Add rest of ingredients and cook another 5 minutes. If you simmer for a longer time before adding greens for extra flavor and richness, add a little more broth.

Serves 4

Cooking Tips: This soup can be made with other wild spring greens as well, such as dandelion, lamb’s quarters in late spring, yellow dock, chicory, etc. You can also add ramps, wild garlic for extra flavor. Play with this recipe, it is flexible and a great early spring cleansing soup. Also, this soup is better after it has had a chance to sit for awhile.

2 comments on “Springing Forward

  1. Mary Lane March 30, 2011 1:09 pm

    She’s the master!

  2. Julie March 30, 2011 1:06 pm

    Thanks for posting this- a much needed reminder that I am not alone in this time of purging and growth. I am comforted knowing that our greatest Teacher, Mother Earth, shows us the way each season to ride that ‘wave’.

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