I lay on the grass in my garden earlier this week next to the river, soaking up the warm sunshine. Every few minutes Milky (my ever playful doggy companion) would stand over me dripping cold water and dropping a stick on my arm. Fool that I am, I would give in every time and throw it again - knowing full well that it just encourages her to keep doing it! Does anyone else have a dog that NEVER gets bored of bringing things back? And why do they ALWAYS wait to shake the water off when they’re right next to you?
The peace and quiet was amazing
When she did finally give up and flop by my side, the day was magnificent. The birds singing, the blue skies, the vibrant green shoots beginning to appear on the ends of the tree branches. It made me realise how long it’s been since I could really let go and relax. Of course I do take time each day to turn inwards through my meditation practice. But there’s something about spring time that just makes it feel easier to relax.
It’s been a long time coming
It feels like surviving this winter was even more of a milestone this year. Being forced to stay at home in the UK or having freedom to travel curtailed if you lived elsewhere. Either way, wings clipped and stranded at home. It’s been hard. Separated from loved ones. Perhaps battling the virus. Loss and grief. I was driving in my car yesterday and I had a giddy sense of release. Like it suddenly dawned on me that we made it.
What can you do to land in the new season with ease?
If you’re wondering how else you can feel ready for the new season, here’s my 3 top tips for a mindful season change: 1. Embrace the ups and downs Earlier this week it was 22 degrees, by the weekend it's forecast to snow. Really??? This is the perfect metaphor for how we can feel at this time of year. One minute you’re feeling like a spring lamb jumping around the field, the next you feel like roadkill and like you’ve been hit by a bus. It’s ok. Really. Knowing, and expecting, to feel high and then low and then high again means you won’t be so buffeted by the storms. When we embrace the universal experience of an ever changing flow of emotions, it makes it so much easier to cope with. 2. Rediscover your body In winter, as we layer up in mounds of clothing, we can lose connection with our physical body. Hastily getting dressed in the half darkness, bundling up in wooly hats and gloves… It’s no wonder that when we’re suddenly faced with warmer weather, our pale and pasty limbs feel like they belong to someone else! Walking barefoot outside can really help. So take off your shoes and socks and take a stroll in your garden if you have one or at the park if you don’t. Notice the damp coolness under your toes. Pay attention to the tickling of the grass on your feet. This is a perfect and gentle way to connect back with yourself. 3. Drop the Judgement This is probably the hardest one of all. Chances are that as you suddenly get reacquainted with your body, it’s not in quite the same shape as before. Winter for many of us is a time of hibernation (that’s how nature intended it!). With the addition of lockdowns and restrictions, it’s easy for things to slip. So if you feel the creeping shame of not looking how you think you “should”, can you consider a different perspective? However you coped with the last 6 months of winter, whether you Netflix’d and chocolate binged your way through it or not, you made it! Here you are. You’re amazing. You are not your body. You are not your thoughts. There’s a unique brilliance and shine that belongs just to you. It’s time to remember who you really are, underneath who you think you should be.
Washed up after a storm
If you’re feeling a bit like you’ve been washed up on the shore after a raging storm, don’t worry. I have a free workshop planned for this Monday at 8pm that will get you back on your feet and feeling grounded and protected. Each month I will be hosting free sessions with amazing guest experts. This month I’m joined by Helen Cooper, a talented healer and therapist who has some brilliant tools to help you get in touch with your own healing power. Helen's approach is grounded in her practical and hands on experience of over 20 years so her work is both uplifting but also accessible. You can find out more about the session and book your FREE spot here. In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter break!
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!'" — Robin Williams
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