Spring is here although it doesn’t feel like it after surviving four Nor’easters in one month. One would think this is the North Pole right now. But Spring will come and will receive the rain that will give life to flower buds and seedlings. The buds will start on the trees, and we will get a “Spring” in our step and want to get outside and breathe in the new air and find the new possibilities that await you.
In honor of Spring, you could make a list of the many ideas of what you envision for the future. One may be to take a trip in the area you live. Explore some of the places you have never been to visit. Start a new hobby or sport. Plant a flower or vegetable garden in your backyard or find a community garden in your area.
Spring is a great time to clear out the cupboards of heavy winter foods and start planning menus with more fresh fruit and vegetables. Take those clothes you haven’t worn in 2 years and call Big Sister/Big Brother to come pick them up. Spring is a time of cleansing and renewal! Start cleaning your home of stuff you don’t use, and you will have more time for the things you enjoy.
One of the things I am doing this year is learning to play golf. I have been saying I would learn for the past four years since my better half plays all the time and it is something we could spend time doing together (I think-lol!). A good friend of mine called and told me about a great deal at a local country club and I signed up with her. Am I scared- oh yes! I am not that good, and I don’t feel comfortable displaying my lack of athletic ability, but I am going to give it my best shot. I even asked for “Golfers for Dummies” for a Mother’s Day Gift which brought lots of laughter from my adult son. I am looking forward to the melting of snow and the arrival of Spring giving way to me getting on the green!
I have been meditating for a while now, but there were days when I found I was too busy to fit it in. The past 30 days I have done it every day, and it has made a difference in my attitude and calmness. I have had multiple conversations with clients, friends and family members regarding different life situations they are experiencing and feel they have no control over. I have suggested to them that they try meditating. Some laugh and say I can’t sit for that long or it won’t work for me. One friend mentioned how she couldn’t sit and meditate, but she has found a love of embroidery. When she is concentrating on her project, it calms her mind. Here is one she is working on now:
Years ago I read an article about how quilting helped you deal with stress, so I asked my BFF if she wanted to take a quilting class with me. At first, she hesitated, but she agreed to try it, and we both have been quilting ever since! I called and started taking classes at a place near my home. If you live in RI or MA check this out. I have met some beautiful women. We have both continued quilting, and we go twice a year on quilt weekends. When you are concentrating on the material you want, cutting it, sewing it and putting together, it takes your mind off your troubles. Here is something I made for Spring:
Meditation has helped me deal with some challenging changes I am going through in my life. This past month I have made sure to do it at least 20 minutes per day. When I lay down at night to go to sleep sometimes, my thoughts go to the challenges I am facing, and I lay there not able to sleep. I have downloaded an app on my iPhone called Insight Timer, and I have bookmarked the ones that help me. I have one for going to sleep that has not let me down (that and my lavender essential oils). If you are not sure how to meditate, take a look at the many phone apps there are. What I have found is my reactions to stressful situations or things out of my control are much calmer when I have made time to meditate. It isn’t going to change the issue, but it does change the way I REACT to it. I have noticed I can be very stressed and use breathing to calm down. No one knows I am doing it, but I feel my body calm on its own. I find I think before my mouth goes (big for me- I am Irish….Red face and mouth moving is part of my DNA if I get upset).
With the Spring weather coming I plan to do walking meditation. There are plenty of phone apps for this too. One example is here. Walking is good exercise and meditating is good for the mind and my outlook on life! So here’s to putting a Spring in my step and Sunshine on my shoulders! So think about it what can you do “mindfully” to help you reap the benefits of Mindfulness in your life this Spring!