As strong winds sweep over the Ozark hills, we’re left with new air. Spring, a time of change and renewal, is a chance to mimic nature in its process of opening up and growing towards a greater potential. That which was buried and preserved throughout the winter is now exposed, fully blossomed, and alive.
Just as the winter brings us rest and groundedness, the spring offers us the potential to expand, to grow, and to blossom. The spring is a chance to powerfully express your “true self”. During spring, people come out of the hibernation of their homes, into the nourishing gleam of sunlight and friendship. As this magical season continues, I challenge you to embrace nature’s patterns and bring them into your daily life for top-notch well being.
1. Open Yourself Up: Just as the flowers open up to warmth, allow yourself to do the same. Take time to listen, to pause, and to become apart of your environment. Spring tends to be pretty flighty: one day windy, another damp and muggy, another fresh and sunlit.
As you check in with the essence of each day, notice how the change in your surroundings affects you. This is nothing to judge or attach a good/bad label to. Rather, this is something to notice, appreciating the significance of each changing moment.
2. Stay Grounded: The winter has come and gone, and hopefully you were able to connect with your core beliefs and a strong foundation. As spring keeps unfolding, stay aligned with these roots you’ve grown. Are you staying true to your innate perspective? How are those New Year's resolutions coming? Ask yourself what you’ve learned so far this year, and stay firm in the lessons and morals that life has taught you. Just as the roots of a tree support strong branches, so too do your morals and inner-strength support a life that is free and resilient.
3. Be Willing to Let Go: Spring is a time of renewal, of allowing yourself to be the most open-hearted version of you! Reflect on what may still be holding you back, or what might be holding you back. Whether this be a relationship, habit, part of our diet, job, etc., it is essential that we let go of the things that don’t bring us abundance. We can only truly accept change when we let go of the things that we are asked to leave behind.
Tip: Breathe and let that shit go! Practice taking deep belly breaths, with extra focus on the exhale, a cleansing breath. Inhale to feel yourself, beautiful right now, exhale, draw in the low belly, allowing whatever is no longer serving you to press itself out of your body.
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4. Align Your Diet With Nature: Perhaps the easiest way to connect with the essence of spring is to eat the foods that the earth provides us during this time. Look toward your local market to ensure that you’re getting the essential seasonal foods. Springtime yields an abundance of bitter greens and herbs that are great for keeping our bodies cool and grounded in preparation for the upcoming summer. They also help us purge excess moisture or stagnant energy from our bodies, further aligning with the goal of spring cleansing.
Tip: Aim for lightly cooked meals, using seasonal ingredients like arugula, kale,purple chives, dandelion, and ginger.
5. Find Your Inner Power!: With all of the change happening, we have a choice - to let this change fuel us and deepen our sense of self, or to let this change confuse us and to feel directionless. To connect with the former, notice what you need each day through a daily/consistent practice of some sort. Whether this be yoga, meditation, gardening, biking, etc. the act “checking in” on a regular basis is truly empowering.
Tip: Get a new perspective on your situation by going somewhere new in nature to reflect on things you may need to cut from your life.
Feel yourself in your ever-changing environment each day. Be overjoyed that you’re simply alive, that you are beautiful, unique, and internally strong! Try incorporating core-stoking yoga poses or exercise in your daily routine to bring awareness to your inner strength. In doing so you will remain centered and balanced, ready to take on the upcoming summertime with love in your heart, and confidence in the genuine unique person you are.
Check here for yoga poses that help stoke this inner strength, and keep you centered during the changing nature of springtime.
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Written by Ashleigh Rose