Welcome to Spring 2016 and Lisa Porad's seasonal newsletter.
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Spring, is the time of the Wood element.  Everything is bursting forth, budding, growing and expanding rapidly. We feel it within ourselves. There is a pulse of new energy and expansion growing within. It is the time of transformation, creativity, change and renewal.   With more daylight, we have the perception of more time; which we fill with new projects and plans.

The Wood element is about new beginnings, rebirth, creativity, vision and leadership.  The officials of the Spring and the Wood element are the Liver(yin): responsible for planning, and the Gallbladder(yang): responsible for decision making and judgement.  These are the visionaries.  With patience we draw upon our past experiences as fuel for our new plans and future.   

When we tap into our best Wood energy, we are able to see the big picture. This increases our confidence and heightens our control to transform vision into reality.  To do this effectively we must be able to discern and strategize. Creativity, planning and organizing are at their peak. 

There is a lot of vitality and momentum during this season.  Without a plan we can become frustrated and angry. However, a healthy Wood energy will transform that frustration into action using flexibility and optimism.  

When you see the big picture and start to create a vision, remember to be flexible, adaptable and up for the challenge.  

Welcome to Spring and the time of the Wood Element.  Please enjoy my newsletter and follow the links to more information. This seasonal newsletter provides insight into the ancient art of acupuncture as well as encourages you to create balance in your life.  I would appreciate any feedback.

You and Wood:

I encourage you to ask these questions of yourself
and invite you to come in and discuss them with me. 

-How do you feel in the springtime?
-Are you frustrated or excited by planning?
-Are you organized?
-Do you have a plan to achieve your dreams? 

Why not make the most out of life and your Spring?  

Contact me and we can get to work on these questions...  

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 It is now the year of the Monkey.   A  lively, optimistic and progressive year- a year in which anything can happen, a year that favors the bold.  Take inspiration from the wise, clever and curious Monkey who steadfastly follows his heart and intuition, taking intelligent risks, and welcoming challenges as exciting opportunities to invent creative new solutions.  
Spring Minestrone with Brown Rice
by Heidi Swanson
2 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil      
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic
3/4 cup medium - grain brown basmati rice, rinsed 
6 cups vegetable stock
1 cup sugar snap or snow peas, trimmed and cut in half diagonally 
8 spears asparagus, trimmed and diagonally sliced into 1 - inch pieces
1/2 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
Fine- grain sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium - high heat, then add the shallots and garlic and saute for a couple of minutes until soft.  Add the rice and cook, stirring for 1 minute, then add the stock and bring to a boil.  Cover, lower the heat, and simmer until the rice is just tender, 35 to 45 minutes.

Add the sugar snap peas, asparagus, and green peas, and season with a few healthy pinches of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.  Simmer for another 2 or 3 minutes and serve immediately; this way the vegetables stay crisp and bright.  Serves 4.

Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. 
 -John Maxwell
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