SPRING: TOP 5 SEASONAL LESSONS & AFFIRMATIONS
Spring is a shifting season. This year, in our northern hemisphere, spring began on the 20th March. As the earth begins to tilt toward the sun, we can look forward to longer days, and more warmth and sunlight. The winter months can be a depressing time for some as there is less sun on our skin and less vitamin D in our bodies. Symptoms of low mood for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder are at their worst.
So when the world begins to warm up and we witness the miracle of life restored all around us, we are full of energy. We are a part of nature too. Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. Yellow daffodils push up through frozen earth. Baby animals are born. The world rejuvenates itself all around us. Spring is a time of transformation, colour and creation.
During winter, the icy skeletons of trees are silhouettes against a cold, dark sky. It can be easy to look at the natural world we live in and think it is lifeless. Spring is like a tonic to us. In winter, to our eyes, nature can look dead. But we will learn a valuable lesson if we realise that this period of seeming inaction and decay is not a death. Instead, it is a pause within the natural world.
THE # 1 LESSON THAT SPRING TEACHES US
Our life, like nature, is in a constant process. Everything is O.K. There’s no need to rush or hurry. You are where you need to be right now.
We have seasons in our life too, like the natural world around us. Sometimes we have lots of energy and cram our days with so much activity. We are busy and creating. At other times though, we may feel more tired, less inspired, as if we are achieving nothing in our lives. But there is a season and a time for everything.
If we look at nature, winter is when it presses the ‘pause’ button. It is not dead. It has not given up on itself. It knows it needs time to rest. Just because we can’t see any visible signs of life and growth does not mean that this is the case. It is during winter that nature gathers energy in its roots. It conserves its strength beneath the surface. This is what we do too. It is not inert and impassive. This ‘pause’ is a vital part of nature’s fertility and cyclicality.
The natural world knows what it wants and needs. But it does not stress about it or struggle against its own rhythms. It trusts in itself and the process of renewal. It knows that in spring it will bloom again. It doesn’t hurry or worry. Nature teaches us to be. Trust that wonders are coming your way. But don’t forget to be present and see the wonders that are in front of you right now.
TOP 5 SPRING-TIME AFFIRMATIONS
1. I am evolving
As we move through the different seasons of our life, we may feel that we are not moving forwards fast enough. We are not where we want to be. We may worry that we will never achieve our goals and what we most desire. We may feel that certain doors have shut to us. We torture ourselves with thoughts that we are not good enough. We even wonder if we have made the right decisions in our life. But we are where we need to be right now. And with every day that passes, we gain the gift of growth. We develop as a person and learn from what has been before. The past is the past. Learn from it and leave it there. The future hasn’t arrived yet. It unravels minute by minute as we live present in the now. Rest assured, you are on the right path, and are exactly where you need to be.
2. I am strong
We have all lived through much that is hard and much that is good. We know that everything that we do now has a knock-on effect. It will create ripples in our future as we ease into it, moment by moment. We are full of hope for what lies ahead. We know that we are strong enough to deal with anything that we may face. We have faced tough situations before with grace, strength and courage.
3. I am blossoming
We live in a digital age. Our fast-paced, 24/7 world never sleeps. It demands results now and desires instant gratification. We humans have an unquenchable thirst for desire. But the nature of desire is that the wanting is more pleasurable than the having. Once satisfied, we immediately begin our quest again to experience what it is that we crave. But we must not lose sight of the fact that things take time. We cannot have what we want, when we want it, all the time. And this is good for us. We must cultivate patience. Old proverbs tell us that all good things come to those who wait, and that patience is a virtue. And this is true. It takes time to blossom, but when we do, it will be beautiful. And when we start to droop and fade, we know that it is a cycle. We will rest and bloom again. When we see buds on branches, we do not rush to make it bloom. We trust in the process, and we know that the tree will flower when it is ready.
4. I am wild
Deep down, we all recognise that we are a part of nature. Everything connects. When we see ourselves as part of the whole, we will feel a sense of belonging. To others, to our inner self and to nature. Science has shown us that being outdoors is good for our health. Understanding and connecting with our wild heart is good for our body and spirit.
5. I am determined
As we all know, life can be hard at times and can throw us some tough situations. But we are equal to any challenge that comes our way. A woodland flower grows up through hard soil toward the light, and we keep pushing on too through sheer will. Growing, learning, living, creating. And never forgetting to pause when we need to.
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