Happy Spring Everyone! I wish each and every one of you a season full of meaningful pursuits and renewed purpose.
With the warmer weather and longer days, trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and seeds are sprouting: all signs of increased vitality and new growth. We humans are no different. We, too, feel increased energy and have a strong desire to move.
Quite often I use the surge of energy I feel to work in the garden. After being stuck inside for most of the winter, going outside in the fresh air and digging in the earth feels both grounding and revitalizing. I love witnessing the tangible results of my labor and delight in making a space for growing plants which will nurture myself and my community.
I also use my increased vitality to deep clean. The need to clean, I have discovered, is more than wanting a nice looking and smelling house. The need to clean stems from a desire to remove stuck or unwanted energy from my home and to create a fresh start for the year to come.
If you, too, are tapping into the spring energy, then below are some practices to help you ground and utilize your energy.
- Create a morning practice which grounds your energy. One of my favorite practices involves a yoga flow sequence called a Sun Salutation. Here is a video of a Sun Salutation in case you want to try it too.
- Spend 15 minutes a day decluttering one part of your house. Start with easy. Perhaps you begin with sorting through your t-shirt drawer. (I swear my t-shirts multiple at night.) Or maybe you begin with top of your dresser. When the 15-minutes is up, stop and take the items you no longer want and immediately throw them away or put them in your give-away bag. At the end of the week, take your give-away items to their final destination.
- Every day, go outside. As a friend recently reminded me, there are no bad days to go outside, just bad gear. (I promise to invest in a good rain jacket!) Unless there is tornado or some other catastrophic weather event, go outside and breathe deeply. Notice what is around you. What do you see growing, moving, chirping? Tune into your body. What does your body need? Do you need to go for a brisk walk or do you need to gently walk around your yard? Do you want to lay in the grass and watch the clouds or do you want to shoot hoops in the park? Listen to your body and get some much needed Vitamin D from the sun.
- Eat something green, preferably a wild green. Our bodies flourish from all the nutrients found in green plants. Spinach, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, arugula, broccoli rapini are plentiful in grocery stores but so too are wild greens right outside our door. Dandelion, chickweed, nettle, plantain, violets, lamb’s quarters, and garlic mustard are also prolific this time of year. If you are not sure what plants are edible, then ask a local herbalist or botanist to help you. Most of us know what dandelions and violets look like so start there and put a few in your salad.
- Clear the energy in your home. Open the windows and let in the fresh air. Walk from room to room and ask the old, unwanted, stuck energy to leave. Find a gesture to facilitate the moving of energy. Some folks use a broom to sweep out the old. Other folks like to drum, rattle, or chant to change the vibrations. Some people use smudge sticks or incense to cleanse the room. Use one of these methods or create your own. Before leaving each room, speak aloud what you want to welcome into the cleared space.
If you have a practice to celebrate and to honor the spring energy, then please share. I love having more tools in my toolbox.
In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful week.