Slowly but surely, the long awaited spring is coming into being. It is so beautiful to see the flowering daffodils, forsythia and hyacinths, and the tender, pale green buds on the deciduous trees, here in the Northeast. My heart goes out to those in other parts of the country who are experiencing tornadoes, floods and sinkholes. Life can be treacherous sometimes, and gorgeously sublime at others, but ever full of power, vitality and aliveness. What a great time to be alive!
“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embrace of the sun
and we shall soon see the results of their love!”
One of the benefits of the change of season is that we can use the change as a marker in our lives to check in and access how things are going in our lives. As we clear away the debris from a hard winter, trimming back the perennials to allow the new growth the light of day, we can do the same for our lives.
I have made a list of some balanced, healthy living measures that if practiced relatively consistently, can support us in living a fully bloomed season of hope, rejuvenation and renewal.
Some things to consider:
- Spend time in silence each day, preferably at sunrise. Check in often throughout the day for guidance, clarity and wisdom.
- Enjoy your thoughts for what they are: musings of your mind. Keep what serves you, discard the rest.
- Make room for your emotional self-expression. Then instead of emotions getting stuck in you, they will transmute and pass on through.
- Exercise your body daily to nourish it with oxygen, movement and lubrication. Do it in a way that brings pleasure to your body, mind and soul.
- Fuel your body with colorful, fresh foods that come from close to the earth.
- Say yes to who you are, acknowledging your beauty and wisdom. Simply saying yes will allow more to flow through you.
- Live in harmony and peace with others. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and you in them, and release the others with love.
- Balance Time: Structured, focused, planned time with unstructured, spontaneous, relaxed time. Time spent with yourself, another and a group.
- Connect with nature—the reciprocal relationship feeds the earth and us.
- Check in with your deeper heart often—that is where to live.
If you think of anything I left out, let me know. It is always a good reminder to all of us to tend to all of who we are, not just those parts that the world is demanding we live from. Wholeness gives us a sense of harmony, peace, fulfillment and completeness. Then we can blossom into our fullest spring potential!