Spring is a season of new beginnings and is often associated with feelings of possibility and rebirth. It is a time of transition from the cold and darkness of winter to the warmth and light of summer. For many people, spring is a time of joy, renewal, and hope. I am fascinated by my feelings toward each season. I love winter as it's a time to slow, take stock and tend to my core values, strengths and physicality. As winter passes, I begin to feel a surge of energy, passion, and vibrancy within me, ready to propel me forward into the new season. I look forward to spring, when I can embrace the newness it brings.
I watched my fruit trees this winter season. Living in Southern California, I am able to harvest citrus for months. Even when the plump oranges are still hanging on the tree, the new orange blossoms are springing forth. The trees have just given birth, have some babies still hanging on, yet they are pregnant with hundreds of new potential fruit. Nature is an amazing teacher reminding me that we have a choice. We can struggle, stress and strain, or do as the trees and just go with what is thriving season after season.
At the start of spring, we can witness nature’s transformation. The trees and flowers begin to bloom, the animals become more active, and the days become longer and brighter. The warmth of the sun brings a sense of optimism and new life. This feeling of possibility and rebirth is often accompanied by a sense of joy and excitement. I absolutely adore getting an hour of light added to my evenings. Even though we lose an hour, I feel like I gain light multiplied. The payoff is so worth it!
As the days become warmer, people can often be found outside enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air. The feeling of spring’s new beginnings is contagious and can be felt everywhere. People may experience a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm for life and its possibilities. Just today, there were TEN dogs walking their owners just as we emerged with our own beautiful German Shepherd girl, Bigski. We can't wait to get out and feel the warmth, light and possibility that spring brings.
Spring is also a time of renewal and growth. Nature is growing and blooming with new life, and we can use this as an opportunity to reflect on our own lives and make new beginnings. We can start to plant the seeds for our future and set new goals for ourselves. Also planting seeds for fresh herbs and vegetables is a great metaphor for this concept as well. What we plant today will bear fruit tomorrow. It's an incredible gift and one that we must take seriously.
At the same time, spring can also be a reminder of the fragility of life. It can remind us that life is short and that we should make the most of it. We can use this time for self-reflection and to focus on what truly matters in life. I highly encourage you to start, reengage or strengthen your gratitude practice now. Affirming and feeling prosperous for what we have right now sets the stage for more of the same.
Finally, spring is often associated with renewal and rebirth. Nature is beginning anew and so can we. We can use this season to start afresh and set new intentions for the coming year. We can use the energy of spring to reconnect with ourselves and find the strength and courage to pursue our dreams. What is one goal that you have for the coming summer, fall or winter? Summer, fall and winter are coming. You can ensure that the effort you put in now will pay off later by setting a clear goal and taking steps to achieve it. Planting this seed today will help you reap the rewards in the future.
In conclusion, the feeling of possibility and rebirth that accompanies spring is something that many of us look forward to each year. It is a time of joy, renewal, and hope. We can use this season to reconnect with ourselves, set new goals, and focus on what truly matters in life. Spring is a time of new beginnings and can be a wonderful opportunity to start afresh. Take these three challenges to engage actively with this spring time of renewal. First, plant seeds to grow an herb, plant or entire garden. Regardless of your space, you can have one (or many) fresh treats this summer. Second, go deeper with your gratitude practice. Finally, set one goal or intention, small or large, this spring season to take advantage of the natural energy that spring provides. Let us come together to take advantage of the energy of spring and use it to create the lives we want and deserve.