In our home, we are taking the spring cleaning seriously this year. Chandra, my husband, has just retired. It is time to sort through the clutter of many years and clear the way for new ventures.
Although, I really don't care that much for domestic chores I do actually enjoy spring cleaning. It feels so wonderful to clear our living space when spring promises to bring sunshine and fresh air.
Just like the household spring clean, our bodies and minds can appreciate a clearing of winter and a refreshing intake of spring energy.
Spring naturally brings longer days. These can feel more spacious. Can you invite this sense of spaciousness into your body and mind? Take some time in nature or find a favourite quiet location to contemplate what it is that could be cleared to make space. What are you holding on to that is no longer serving you? This could be a thought pattern or simply the sluggishness of winter. Once this becomes clear focus on the release with each exhale. Feel the release and letting go in your body.
When you feel the sense of spaciousness that this exercise can create invite in something new. Notice the new growth around you. Perhaps young shoots appearing under the Fall leafs. This new growth can appear very tentative in the early spring. It needs to be nurtured by the warmth of the sun, the spring rains. Can you name and nurture what is it that you would like to invite in? When this becomes clear focus on the invitation with each inhale.
Finally, return to the equal awareness of the exhale and the inhale. Notice the balance of your breath. The opportunity to release and renew with each full breath.
Enjoy and remember that simple practices like this can help us to thrive.