SIMPLE EASY WAYS TO EASE INTO SPRING!
Seasonal shifting can be stressful for everyone including the flowers. I often wonder how the flowers break through frozen ground, withstand freezing temperatures and snow and still Bloom. It takes a lot of COURAGE for the flowers and it takes a lot of courage to be in our world right now!! The earth is healing before our eyes and it is reminding us it is to do some spring-cleaning ourselves to reduce our anxiety and build up our immune systems. In the Spring everything is thawing out inside us. There are old emotions, stiff joints and stagnant fluids that are all yearning to flow once again. To help you re-fresh and reset during this turbulent time I created a free Zoom gathering for 30 mins of movement and meditation.
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- Get MOVING!
- MEDITATE AND BREATHE!
- GIVE THANKS!
1) Get MOVING:
The first natural impulse is to start moving more because many of us have been inside all winter. Moving/Jogging/Riding/Dancing just feels good and it can put some Spring back into your Step!!
Now is a good time to go to UTUBE and join a Dance party. If you are stuck in your house, have no fear because there are tons of classes for free online right now
Just move around, dance, shake, take the stairs, go for a walk but try to GET OUTSIDE if you are allowed!! Get a Dose of Nature and Do Forest Bathing.
If you cannot go outside buy a house plant to hang out with. If you cannot be in nature use aromatherapy or other things to AWAKEN YOUR SENSES.
2) Time to Meditate and Breathe
This Spring tune-up is regarding your inner fitness. This is often the hardest to get going yet it is the easiest. All you need to do is take some quite time each day, sit down follow your breath and meditate. It sounds easy right? This is important for any time of the year but especially NOW with all that is happening in the outer world. You may find it super hard to go inward so try it in small doses, (like one minute meditations)
Meditation activates the body’s relaxation response through the HPA axis, the central stress response system. This lowers cortisol and slows your breathing rate, relaxes muscles, and reduces blood pressure. It also stimulates regions of the brain that control worrying.
It is hard for me to sit still at any time but when the earth is bursting with energy and the virus is on the rampage it is especially hard to calm my sympathetic nervous system down. I know this is the time I really need to sit and be quite the most, so I can stay grounded, focused and centered. It will keep your immunity strong!
Usually, if I trick myself and say I will only sit for 5 minutes I can get myself sitting. Then once you have been sitting for 5 minutes you are relaxed and you feel like sitting more. My average sit time is about 20 – 30 minutes. I focus on my breath and just let all my old winter thoughts and patterns flow out without notice or care. By the way, the word breath comes from the word inspiration or inspire. This quite time can also help you get the inspiration you need to take on the new spring challenges.
The whole idea in the spring is to “lighten up” and eating light spring foods and thinking light spring thoughts and meditating can really be beneficial to your “lightness of being” in the midst of the incredible burden we are all feeling
Simple Step: do your one-minute meditations (but do them all day long). It is fun!!
3) Time to CLEANSE:
Another spring-cleaning tip is about nutrition. How to eat for spring vitality is fairly easy, just look around at what is blooming. You will see lots of green grass sprouting up and dandelions. Everyone thinks that dandelions are pesky but they are great for your liver this time of year. I like to eat bitter greens this time of year and I also drink as much Green Barley as I can get down. It is good to do some type of cleansing during the springtime to help open up your internal channels and get things flowing.
Simple Step: Glass of lemon water in the morning
4) Time for Gratitude
Spring is like recess for the planet and everything is miraculously unfolding in front or our eyes. Bless and appreciate all the simple things we have right now even though you may be out of toilet paper. Bless your water, Bless your food, Bless each other, Bless yourself…
Simple Step, Appreciate and Say Thank You to EVERYONE and EVERYTHING around you!!