I love this time of year! Spring has finally arrived. My woods are full of green leaves and wild flowers. People are coming out of the winter doldrums to work on projects with new vigor.
What is waiting to burst forth in your life this spring? This is the time to balance the Wood element with a few simple acupressure points at the ribs and the feet. As you hold these points gently for two minutes, think about the things you wish to accomplish and devise a plan to take action and complete your goals.
I’ve been making lots of To Do lists to accomplish my goals. There are many projects and events happening this year. I discovered some creative bullet journal prompts to motivate me to keep on track.
Spring also brings fresh foods back to the market. I’m buying local when I can. I’m also focusing on eating as many healing foods as possible. Here are some great cucumber rolls to try. Or try some healing cardamom in your chai tea!
Spring brings new routines. How about trying these tips for 30 days to a healthier you? Many of the tips are consistent with the Be Well Decks (Balance Resource Cards) that I created to help my Breast Cancer patients make healthy lifestyle changes and prevent the return of their cancer. What are the things you do to be well?
Spring can also bring stress to our lives with all the projects and opportunities available. What are you doing to keep your stress levels in balance? This interesting article suggests showing compassion to others through service is a great way to feel good and reduce stress. Daily meditation is also a great way to slow down the pace. Create space to breathe in your day. Take a breath. Be present in the moment.
I’d love to year what new possibilities are waiting to blossom in your life this year?
It’s time to choose my word for the year. This yearly ritual helps to focus my time and energy. I like to see the ways my word shows up in my life.
The word viriditas chose me this year. This word means “greening”, as in the waiting-for-the-lush-spring-growth-to-erupt kind of green. It is full of potential and vitality. Mystic Hildegard de Bingin associated this word with spiritual and physical health.
On this first day of a new year, I sense the greening within me. I sense spiritual greening within my church community, within the country and the world. Despite our disagreements and differences, I have hope that is growing stronger than the fears that seem to bubble up with the possibility of change. I am looking for the leading growth shoots of spiritual awakening that I can nurture around me this year. I sense something big is waiting to burst forth and erupt with a refreshing surprise.
This anticipation of a global spiritual renewal is something that many of us have been yearning for. This holy greening, waiting to give birth to all sorts of new opportunities has been lying there dormant in our collective unconscious, waiting for the right moment to emerge. Can you sense this life-force energy bubbling up to the surface, ready to send out tender young shoots of new life?
What is “greening” within you? I invite you to notice what springs up to life within you in the coming months. Here are some questions for reflection:
What is waiting to burst forth within me physically and spiritually this year?
What new possibilities for my future can I nurture today?
What gives me a sense of vitality and zest for living?
How am I using my creativity to co-create with the Divine?
How am I creating viriditas within my body, mind and spirit?