Taking Cues From Nature: Spring Season Meditations for Personal Growth
Being mindful of Nature’s ebb and flow aligns us with the ecological forces that turn tides, and move mountains, until living in biological trust & comfort… comes with ease.
Spring Season Meditations 2018
It is the beginning of Mother Nature’s New Year. And therefore a reset button is being turned in the earth. The equinox gives us a cue that allegorical seeds should now be sown. Heeding this, we can choose with full awareness which fruits this year’s labour will produce. I am in Thailand at the moment and it is smokey as heck! Thai farmers burn their fields—in the traditional agricultural manner—preparing them for next year’s crops. If burning fields sound sinister to you, take it as an excellent example of how much we need to realign with nature’s movements.
Fire has come to be associated with devastation in modern culture, yet flame was traditionally recognized for its unparalleled rejuvenating properties. In fact, this agricultural practice is called “a prescribed burn” because it is so healthy for the fields. Sometimes natural or controlled brush fires can prevent those same forests from burning out of control, or to the ground, later. Some varieties of trees require the high heat of flame for their seeds to germinate. While we, in modernity, see fire as something we must fight. The cues given by nature can be the highest in value. Simple. Powerful. Easeful. That is how nature operates. If we tune into the environment around us, we too can navigate the creative energy behind the cycles & seasons of our lives.
Mindfulness of the ebb & flow of Nature aligns us w/ the power to turn tides, to move mountains. Happy Spring Equinox. Click To Tweet
Feed The Burn—Mindfully Prepare Yourself for Spring
I am definitely feeling the burn this spring season. As I get ready to launch into blogging as a professional (sign up to be a beta tester for my holistic health and wellness courses) I have to let go of some pretty constricting cultural programming. Just like the Thai farmer’s fields, I too have some unwanted sprouts taken root from seeds I caught on the wind. I’m totally embracing the burn of the season and singeing away the unwelcome freeloaders growing on my farm. Prescribe a burn for yourself. Although we have developed to culturally fear the fire, we still have the power to recognize—through our nature—the transformative properties it brings; the purification of the heat, and the nutrients left in the wake of the embers, allows us space to grow up free… and unabated… to what we truly are (our best selves).
Add Ceremony to Your Fire
The only way to make aligning with nature more powerful is to direct special attention to it. Take hot baths with Epsom salts, saunas, jacuzzis—sweat—with essential oils for your specific needs. Hot yoga is one of my favourite ways to burn off excess energy and realign with my pure self. Exfoliate. Light candles and hang out with yourself. Drink plenty of water to hydrate the parts of you which you’d like to nourish. Do any of these things with intent. If you’re into magic, do a fun full moon ritual of your choosing.
Write it out—Prompt Yourself to Get Creative
Writing down your thoughts and intentions is a truly sacred practice. William Blake claimed we write reality into existence and I pledge that if you experiment with this you will come to believe, as powerfully as I do, that he was right. Write. Whether you are at the fire phase of transformation or at the seeding sowing start, get creative by free-flowing expression. Write your wildest dreams, deepest fears, and all that you know in your heart. If you are in need of a little organization to get you started, try journalling prompts. If you’re in the fire, I really love these prompts on letting go from Writing Through Life. If exploring your true desires is the vibe you’re putting down, check out this pinterest graphic I saved (one of my favourite writing prompt lists) anytime. Not all journalling exercises are created equal. These are thoughtful and probing. Get your fire iron out!
Add Ceremony to Your Spring Equinox Meditations
Add intent by setting aside a Sunday morning to have your favourite cup of tea, practice some yoga, then do some mindful journalling. Feel like performing some magic? Lighting the written word on fire is deeply ritualistic; offer your joys and sorrows up to being manifested or otherwise transformed. As with any magic, the intent behind the acts are key. So make it special to you. It might be nice to combine some practices by doing this by candlelight in a bath full of Epsom salts & oils!
Get Clear with Yourself—Set Your Sights on Your Unique Horizons
Getting clear on your goals is a necessary constant. I’ve found myself again and again during the past two years (since I’ve graduated and dramatically changed my life course) recalibrating—writing and rewriting my wants and needs down. I worried at times that it was a sign I was unfocused. I feared it was a waste of time, or that I was procrastinating, because it seemed like I was writing the same things again and again. A thoroughly researched book on “High Performers” however, showed me that constantly ‘checking in’ with yourself and goals is a process high achievers almost always employ. (Listen to High Performance Habits here for free.) I realized that our goals (destiny) are so unique to us as individuals, that the only way to keep ourselves on our clear course is to keep the dialogue open with ourselves. Check in with you. Again and again. Even if you ‘know’ what you want. Recalibrate.
Add Ceremony to Your Personal Growth
Make checking in with yourself special. Make it a bullet journal! Get some nice markers, a cute book, or some rad stationary & office supplies if that’s your thing—whatever floats your boat, use the knowledge of what excites you to lift your spirit and set sail!
You Can Only Improve Upon that which You Measure—Keep Accountable
I used to think that being self-employed made staying accountable in my work especially difficult. When I started getting involved in other people’s goals, it dawned on me that we are only ever accountable to ourselves anyhow! Sure, you may have to show up for work at 9am, whereas I can show up whenever I want, technically, but how we show up is as much up to you as it is to me. Plus, you most likely got yourself that job, and how well/where you go with that position is entirely in your hands. We are all in the same boat. Even at work!
Ironically, that’s when keeping myself accountable got very, very easy. When I realized we literally need to constantly keep ourselves accountable for everything, regardless of being our own boss or having many other people to answer to, the pressure I thought was unique to my situation lifted and I got proactive. I figured out ways to keep my trajectory pointed towards the vision of my ideal life & self through my daily actions—I found ways to blend keeping records & routine to free me from anxiety and stay highly productive.
I use hacks like having a morning routine that gives me energy, sets my mindset for the day, and I perform daily self-care rituals that I know keep me and my body on track. I’m actually designing products that help people do the very same thing, achieve their goals sustainably, and will be looking for beta testers who will get these harmonizing products for next to nothing. You can sign up for this here (just choose one of my mailing lists where I share my latest ponderings & research on health & wellness, spirituality or relationships).
Add Ceremony to Your Routine
Again, make keeping records & routine fun. Get creative with a bullet journal—these goal tracker ideas are very good! I also have really liked using an app called Strides. It’s free and gives you many options to track different kinds of goals & progress too. I’m absolutely loving my day planner now that I have lots and lots of little tasks! But in university I, along with every other high achievers I hung out with, made semester-long lists of projects and major due dates. These are all different examples of ceremonial record keeping and routine. Experiment with one or a few of these suggestions if you’re looking to up your accountability game. You never know what will work until you try it, and you cannot improve upon what you do not measure. Personalize your accountability, and increase your inspiration, by choosing ways to log your progress that you are drawn to. The compass drawing you to whats right is always within. Follow glimmers of excitement.
Be Mindfully Aware—Assess the Current Conditions and Act Accordingly
If nothing else, be mindful—always. When you look, try to really see. If you are here, you may as well be present to truly feel.
This Spring Equinox starts on a mercury retrograde making all of this internal work I suggested above very, very important to the season.Here’s a more in-depth article on how to make the energy of mercury retrograde work in your favour. Miracles are bonafide; they happen simply, daily. Through awareness of ourselves, and how we align with the natural forces at play in the universe, we may begin to not only notice the miracles, but create them. The time is nigh to clear the path before you and till the soil for what’s to come. Plant your seeds. Get ready to grow.
I hope you have an amazing New Year. I wish you all the best in your seed sowing. And if you’d like to join me on this journey of personal growth and discovery, I’d love to have you! Thanks for reading.
(Photo credit to the always lovely Sarah Abdulkafi)
Peace and so much LL <3