For the Love of Spring!
Ah, spring. It is referred to as the season of new beginnings, and for good reason. The days get longer, buds are sprouting and mother nature is breathing fresh and vibrant life into the Earth. Spring is the time that the natural world awakens, and I don’t know about you but I love it! There is an excitement and a sense of life that takes place. Personally, I get so excited for spring that I often find myself having to bring back out the winter accessories I prematurely packed away….in February (a girl can hope, right?)
With spring in the air we start to notice our energy increase, we begin to feel lighter and we find ourselves looking forward to spending time outdoors again. To re-join the living. In fact, many cultures around the world consider the return of spring as a time of celebration.
And just as animals in the wild are shedding their winter coats, many of us take time for spring cleaning. We clear clutter from our homes, open our windows and let the fresh air revitalize and rejuvenate our surroundings. Deep breath in and…aaaaaahhhh. What a great feeling!
But after your home is refreshed, detoxed and ready for life, what about you? Have you not been in hibernation over the winter months? Might not you benefit from a little de-cluttering on the inside?
Spring Cleaning for the Mind and Body
Spring is a great time to do a nutritional cleanse or detox, and there are tons of options out there to help you create a tailored plan to jump start your metabolism and clean out bodily toxins.
But you might be missing a key component of your internal spring cleaning. That is, the mental and emotional cleansing process. Heavy thoughts and feelings can also store up, cluttering up our lives and preventing us from being open to growth and life around us. Many of us may find having depressive or low thoughts and feelings during the winter months, and so as we shed our external layers, it’s also a great idea to do the same for our internal side.
So, in addition to your current regimen, I’ve got three questions you can ask yourself that will help you to clear out the internal clutter and make room for new growth in your life. Taking time to reflect on these questions will have you heading into summer feeling light, vibrant and motivated to crush whatever goals you have been dreaming about all winter long.
1. What do I need to let go of?
Take some time to consider what in your life has been weighing you down or holding you back from being your full, best self. This can include re-occuring thoughts or emotions, beliefs about yourself, judgement and criticisms, behaviours, relationships, etc. What has been sitting in your emotional closet for far too long? Write these down, set an intention to let them go and rip up the paper as a symbolic gesture of release.
2. What do I want to bring forward and grow?
This may be a personality trait or quality, a skill or simply a way of living. It can be anything that you want to nourish, grow and share with the world. Write these down and include how you might practice or act on these things regularly in your life. What would it look like if you practiced integrity, assertiveness or self-love on a daily basis?
3. If I were to let go of the things I no longer need, what new opportunities will I have made room for in my life?
This can be a really exciting question to answer. It’s like going shopping for your authentic self wardrobe. Is it a more fulfilling relationship? A new hobby? A change in career? Quality time with family? Be sure to write these answers down under what you plan to bring forward.
Great job! By answering these three questions you’ve begun sorting through and detoxifying your internal clutter. And by answering the second part of question 2, you’ve got a start on actual steps to grow the joy in your life.
Remember, the key to real and sustainable change is doing. You’ve just completed the first step by engaging in self reflection; now it’s time to put these intentions into daily practice. Check in with yourself regularly on your progress and be kind to yourself if you fall back into an old pattern. We’ve all dug through the bag of clothes to be donated to find that one item we just weren’t ready to let go of yet. When you are ready, you will let it go.
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “let’s party!” – Robin Williams