Spring is upon us and it is a powerful time to cleanse the waste of our past and make room for our hearts desires to take root; to celebrate and embrace new beginnings. We are emerging from darkness (winter) and moving toward the light (longer days). We are awakening from our deep slumber, our hibernation and preparing ourselves for longer days filled with playfulness, vitality and joy.
Here are six ways that YOU can harness the energy of this potent season.
1. Spring Cleaning: Get organized
Begin with your home, your sanctuary. Where you can make space, organize or declutter? Is there a particular room in your house that could use a little organizing or maybe a whole new makeover? Go through your closets- if you haven't worn it or used it in three years toss it into a donation bag and give it to a local charity or host a clothing swap gathering with friends. Do the same with your kitchen cupboards- what can you eliminate, where can you make space? If you don't know the name or function of the item, toss it in the donation box. When your sanctuary is clean and organized you'll feel lighter and more at ease.
*Warning: this can be addicting. If you find yourself organizing and cleaning your entire house, invite your significant other, children and/or housemates to join in the fun- you can sing and dance or make a game out of it.
2. System Reboot: Cleanse
A great way to transition from one season to the next is with a cleanse or detox: a reboot for your system. Find a cleanse or detox that is practical for you- one that fits your needs and lifestyle. A 7-day juice cleanse is not for everyone, nor is eating raw; don't let these discourage you, they are not the only options. Have some fun with this- do your research and maybe even create your own mini detox or cleanse, perhaps invite a loved one or friend to join you- this provides accountability and motivation.
3. Seasonal Grinds: Healthy Eating Habits and Routines
Now is a good time to check-in with your eating habits and routines. Where can you improve? What can you eliminate from your diet and what can you add?
When eating for the season, find locally grown produce that is available in your area. Not sure where to start- check-out this website. Get creative and make a new dish using only seasonal produce.
4. New Beginnings: Start a New Routine
A good place to begin is to look back at your New Year's resolutions/ goals. Is there routine on your list that you meant to start but haven't, or maybe you did start and then lost momentum. If so, that's okay, if it's still something you wish to have in your life, make adjustments and start again.
Some other ideas might include; daily meditation, exercise, waking up earlier or going to sleep earlier.
5. Start a New Project or Hobby
Is there something you've been wanting to do, perhaps a home improvement project, or maybe take a cooking or photography class? Do it now! With longer days, we have more daylight hours to take advantage of. Harness the energy of the sun to fuel your desires and start movin and groovin.
Organize a gathering with family and friends. Invite everyone over and show off your clean and organized home. Wow your guest with your scrumptious seasonal grinds and share the blessings of the season with those you cherish most.
How I found a morning routine to be helpful in managing my anxiety and depression.
There was a period in my life where waking up in the morning was a real struggle. The dawn of the day marked the remembrance of my troubles and worries. Before my eyes fluttered to open, my mind was flooded with a surge of negative thoughts, my heart became heavy as it sank into my chest and worry drenched every cell in my body. I wanted to pull the covers up over my head and drift back into the unconsciousness of my being- where my worries and troubles did not exist.
My aversion of mornings put me in a salty mood, which unavoidably followed me around all day. I needed something to snap me out of my morning funk- something stronger than coffee. Thus, the creation of My Magical Morning.
Below are four things that I started doing every morning which transformed my relationship with mornings from dreadful to divine.
1. “Today is Magical”
Say this phrase 5 times, with feeling, before you get out of bed.
I found that the first thing I was saying to myself in the morning, before my little eyes even fluttered open to the morning light, was “Oh cr*p, it’s morning again. Another day of this sh*t.” This was literally how I started each day and this phrase is what set the tone for my day. I was, unknowingly, sabotaging my day before it even began. So I set a little note with my alarm, a reminder, that said “Today is Magical” with some stars and hearts emojis (the unicorn had not yet debuted). From that day on, each morning, when my alarm would wake me up, I was kindly reminded that Today is Magical.
*Other options might be- Today is the best day of my life. I love my life. My life is fabulous and fruitful….. You get the idea.
Start with 5 minutes and work your way up as you see fit. There are many different forms of meditation and apps available to support your journey; sit in silence, follow your breath, visualize yourself being filled with love, or chant mantras, play around and find one that best serves you.
I like to tack this step onto my meditation since I’m already sitting with eyes closed, and typically feeling relaxed and receptive. I spend about 5 minutes visualizing, in as much detail and with as much feeling as possible, having all of my hearts desires; frequently creating a big ol’ smile across my face.
You’ve likely heard about affirmations and the claims made about their benefits. I was once a skeptic myself and I avoided them like vampires avoid daylight. But the relentless buggers kept following me around; hiding out in books, making surprise guest appearances in movies and blurting themselves out in conversations. Eventually, I surrendered to their persistence and now I am an avid believer in powerful magic of affirmations. Write them out as though every word you are writing is the truth, and in time, it will be your truth.
I took great delight in experimenting with various activities and fine-tuning the details to create the perfect morning routine for my needs. I encourage you to do the same- have fun with this, play around with different options and fine-tune until you find a Magical Morning Routine that fits your lifestyle and meets your needs.
I didn’t always dread mornings; there was another time in my life when I was having a magical love affair with them. I would wake up in the dark hours of the early morning to watch the sunrise over the ocean. I would sit quietly, in solitude, grateful for the stillness of the early morning; with sand between my toes as the gentle sea breeze would softly kiss my cheeks. Mornings and I, we had a real romance going on- it was the real deal kinda love. But when the seas of life got rough, and I was relentlessly tossed around as waves crashed over me, sometimes pulling me under, I found it difficult to catch my breath, hard to stay afloat. My Magical Morning Routine became my personal flotation device and through maintaining a daily routine I have become more buoyant and resilient when facing rough seas.