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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Mindfulness


Photograph: “Feast of Life” by P. Grodecki


This Week's Quote: “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


For those of us in the northern hemisphere, and especially in places where the climate is on the cooler side, spring – literally – brings with it a breath of fresh air. What a pleasure, to be able to open the windows in the morning and hear the cheerful chirping of the chickadees on the trees, to go for a walk without needing to wear a winter jacket! And of course, the brilliant sunshine and longer days help us to feel an extra boost of energy.



The Spring Equinox marks a shift toward an attitude of freshness and novelty, often inspiring us to contemplate new beginnings. We may start to think of new outdoor activities we wish to try as the temperatures rise. Instead of comfortably staying indoors, we suddenly begin to find motives to head outside and do just about anything. We grill our food on the barbecue on the deck, enjoy dining on the patio, take our cardio workout to the park after resolving to give the treadmill a break, and find any excuse to linger outdoors for just a while longer. Listening to our bodies, we may begin to eat lighter meals with fresh vegetables. After all, the hearty soups and stews of many a cold winter evening may simply seem a little too comfortable when all we want to do is shed an extra layer.



And what are these extra layers that we strive to shed? Perhaps it’s time to do some purging and rid our lives of old baggage. This baggage could be in the form of old clothing that we haven’t worn in a few years, or – and perhaps more commonly – emotional habits that no longer serve us. Since spring is a time of freshness, new beginnings and wonderful opportunities, it’s a great time to re-evaluate our attitudes toward ourselves and the world around us and fine-tune our self-worth, raising it up a notch and thus allowing ourselves to revere in the beauty that is our being, as well as the beauty that surrounds us every day.



This week, I invite you to spend some time in meditation and journaling. Find a quiet place in which you can sit still, in a comfortable position, taking deep, nasal breaths, allowing your abdomen to expand. Invite yourself to be open to this meditative exercise and its outcomes. After some time, begin to reflect on the physical, mental, and emotional changes that are taking place around you and within you, and make a mental note of anything you notice. Next, ask your True Self about the positive changes that you could make in your life. Again, these changes could relate to your physical, mental or emotional well-being and could occur on a small or larger scale. The final step is to ask your True Self about what actions you may take in order to allow yourself to implement these positive changes in your life in the most effective way. Try to go with the flow of the information you receive and remain open, instead of actively thinking and contemplating. Once you feel you have received your answers, take some time to come back to the present moment by moving your fingers and toes, stretching, and finally opening your eyes.


In your journal record your meditative experience. Write down the changes that you feel have taken place or are currently taking place within you and around you, and then make note of what action you can take, in your life, to improve one or more aspects of your life. Finally, record the actions that you will take to make the implementation of these positive changes in your life as smooth as possible.


Affirmation
: “I welcome the season of spring into my life, with all the beautiful bounty it has to offer.”



Best wishes!

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