Living Seasonally- Spring Edition
I don’t know about you, but I am sure enjoying seeing the little blooms popping up in our front yard and throughout the neighborhood. A little reminder that spring solstice
is just around the corner on March 19th, 2020. As we come to the end of winter it is time to pick the seeds we want to nourish come spring. Now that the flowers are starting to bloom and the days are getting longer it is the perfect time to start planning for the emergence and regeneration of spring. Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings, a rebirth or regeneration of sorts. Time to step outside, spread our arms out in the sun (or rain, why not?!) and take a breath of the fresh spring air.
Here are some guiding questions to get you thinking about what seeds you want to plant and how you are going to start to nourish them over this next season:
What action steps are you ready to take to meet the intentions that you set in winter?
During your winter reflection process what areas of your life did you uncover that might need to be changed in order to live your life as the fullest expression of who you are?
What is no longer resonating with you? What do you want to call in?
What seeds are you planting that you want to nurture over the spring and summer in order for a bountiful harvest in fall?
I challenge you to look at your intentions for the year ahead that you made during the winter season or new year and create empowered and actionable statements toward meeting those goals.
The intention is the seed, and the soil is the environment we will be planting our seeds in. And the empowered action statements are how you are going to nurture that seedling once it is planted in the soil.
I want to take a moment to talk a little deeper about the “soil” in which we will be planting our seeds since we need to first prepare the soil before planting the seed. In order to maximize the potential for a bountiful fall harvest we must make sure the soil we are planting our seeds in is healthy and rich in nutrients. The soil is akin to our inner landscape and the beliefs we are carrying.
The stories we tell ourselves and the beliefs that we have in our own success pave the way for our ability to meet any goal that we set for ourselves. The expanding field of epigenetics is showing us just this. In “The Biology of Belief” Bruce Lipton speaks to the influence that our environment (including our beliefs) has on the expression of our cells and genes. Another example of this is through the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese scientist who studied the scientific evidence of how the molecular structure in water transforms when it is exposed to human words, thoughts, sounds and intentions. Our bodies are composed of up to 60% water, so there truly is power in our thoughts and intentions. A reminder to be kinder and gentler with ourselves as we seek change and regeneration.
So.. a recipe for rich soil includes positive self talk, confidence, nurturing our physical bodies through nutrition, exercise, and rest, and an abundance mindset (just to name a few). I could write a blog post on each of these…
To keep things simple lets touch on ways we can build up our internal landscape and resilience aka "Soil":
Creating Empowered Belief and Action Statements
Using Mantra’s throughout the day
Recognizing our negative self talk and replacing it with positive self talk
Seeking guidance from a therapist or coach to help shift limiting belief patterns
Surround yourself with positive and successful people. (Motivational speaker Jim Rohn is known to have said we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with)
Be consistent with practices that nurture your spirit, body, and mind
Find a support network that you vibe with to help you continue forward, show you new ways, and help you overcome obstacles.
As I mentioned earlier, empowering action statements can help us continue to nurture the seeds we are planting.
Here are a few examples of how to make your action statements more empowering:
Let’s say your intention for spring is to feel more vibrant and energetic in your body.
“I will eat healthier” to “I am going to choose food daily that nurtures my body”
“I will try to exercise daily” to “ I am going to exercise daily for 20 minutes and choose movements that increase my energy”
“I will practice self care” to “I am going to practice self care daily by meditating every morning”
Once our seeds are planted they must continue to be tended to. Continue to tend to your inner landscape, continue to nourish your mind, body, and spirit, and continue to send positive energy and positive thoughts through your empowered belief statements and mantra’s in order to continue cultivating the seeds for your harvest.
Be open and flexible to how our intentions may change and shift. When we open ourselves up to abundance through positive beliefs and empowered statements new opportunities may come our way that requires us to change our path in order to meet our end goals. And perhaps our seedlings don’t sprout. This gives us the opportunity to learn from our failures, review what did and did not go wrong, and keep moving forward selecting new seeds or modifying the environment we were nurturing them in.
Above all remember that progress and change is not a linear process. It is a winding road that may have us moving in circles or away from our goal before moving towards it. Enjoy the journey, the balance of the highs and lows, the light and the dark, because that is where the magic lies. Take time to enjoy the blooms of spring, the awakening of new energy, the longer days, and the fresh spring air. Get out and move, expand, and grow!