April 2019 – Springtime Renewal

Get yourself back in rhythm this spring. Here are 5 ways to help you regroup, re-prioritize, renew, and perhaps, re-invent yourself. Many of these are actual things you can do, while others are ways to “re-think” who you are and what you want to be.

Streamline Your Life  Although not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination, it’s a concept that has been recently re-energized and re-imagined in the popular movement of “decluttering” your life.

  • De-clutter Your Living Space.Do you use everything you have? If not, get rid of anything you no longer need. Learn to do with less.
  • Clear out mental and emotional clutter. Why not use this season of renewal as a reminder to get rid of things that are weighing you down and consuming your time and energy? What do you value most in your life? What is the best way to use your time to create the life you want to have?

Begin Something New. Explore your creativity. Go back to school. Learn a new language. Learn how to play an instrument. Be the stand-up comic or diva you always dreamed of being.

  • Take better care of yourself. Create an inventory of your health including diet, exercise, and stress level. Begin slowly, one small change at a time.
  • Become a volunteer and/or mentor. Someone or some project can always benefit from your help and expertise.

Start a Practice. A new discipline will ensure that you invite mindfulness into your life. A daily practice affords you a timeout from your everyday routine. This is a gift to yourself; a commitment and promise to honor who you are.

  • A spiritual practice might include more time spent within your own religion, such as attending weekly services, or going on a retreat. Or it may include meditation, yoga, or tai chi. Instruction for these practices is relatively easy to find almost anywhere.
  • Daily exercise can be thought of as a practice, rather than a drudgery. Walking is a wonderful way to help your body while clearing your mind.

Be in Nature. The outside world connects us to the cycle of life and the meaning of the seasons. Sometimes, when the world is still and Nature is dormant we need to be quiet and still as well. When the world comes back to life we are reminded that what has been still and quiet within us is ready to germinate and grow again. The cycle of life is the best reminder that nothing stays still, that life is always in constant flux, and that change is the norm.

Take a Trip. Travel to some new place—country, province, or someplace you’ve never visited close to where you live. It doesn’t matter how far away you go; that’s not the point. The point is to find the newness within yourself as you react to a place you’ve never been before.

Perhaps you are able to find your own way to use this “greening” time of year to inspire you into new growth and new possibilities…new ways to “spring” forward!