Along the wheel of the year, Spring is drawing to a close, giving way to Summer. Often at this time of year we feel the urge to rush forward, to do many things at once. Hawthorn gently catches us with thorns hidden amongst her soft green leaves and perfumed blossoms. We are enticed by her strong scent as we feel her request that we spend some time cleaning the temple of the self during this transition. Now is the time to retreat from the bustling world for some quiet moments, to gradually strengthen our minds and bodies through meditation and exercise.
Liminal times like this remind me of tempering eggs; adding a little bit of a hot substance to eggs slowly so they do not curdle. At this time of year, we begin to slowly, often with two steps forward and one step back, transition our eating patterns from the comforting winter foods; high protein, high fat when it’s cold and blustery to eating lighter, cleansing foods when it’s warm and more spring-like.