As I walk around the yard, noticing the melting piles of snow that once held our tunnels and sledding grooves, and the birds that are happily singing about, it seems that although spring officially arrived two weeks ago, the actual joys of spring might not be far behind.
Can’t you just see it and feel it? Baby animals on the farm galloping and frolicking around the cattle yard or endearingly hiding themselves within great piles of hay are already marking a season of new beginnings. Plants will start to rear their heads, pushing upward out of the soil, demonstrating amazing and positive signs of growth. Then that sun comes out and it seems to energize right to the core and even the wind is pleasant, being so fresh and clean. Bright colors emerge and everything is doing something. It’s all so motivating and revitalizing, like anything is possible! I am beginning to think of all the things I’d love to accomplish; cleaning, organizing, creating new goals, getting things done ~ and I feel like its all achievable! It seems that spring, rather than the new year, would be a great time to make our resolutions and set new goals.
According to classical Chinese medicine, spring is the season of energy and is a time when our ideas begin to take shape; we hone our vision, focus our energy, make decisions and take action. It is the time to get out and get things done ~ a time of creativity, growth and change. It makes sense ~ after a long winter of hiding, gathering power, or being inside more than out, everything is ready to burst forth, take form and assert themselves. There is a renewed energy to liberate.
Connecting with the wonder and delight of spring, by being mindful and appreciative of the changes, finding a project or hobby to get your creative juices flowing, getting some exercise, doing work outside or enjoying fresh produce, can actually help you stay healthy, cultivate your strengths and help you recognize when you need more balance. Strong springtime energy provides such support that even unavoidable obstacles won’t break you down or uproot you from your goals, like shoots of grass searching for a crack in that sidewalk in order to keep reaching for the sun. You are able to remain flexible while keeping your focus on your desired path.
If your springtime energy is out of balance, you may lack vision and focus or the decisiveness or firmness of purpose to achieve your vision. “We may be thrown off by changes and obstacles, either becoming rigid and angry when things do not go according to plan, or feeling so hopeless and frustrated that we give up on our goals.” (www.tealcenter.com)
Enjoy the beauty of this new season and take the opportunity to strengthen your springtime energy! “If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.” - Georgia O’Keefe