Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Getting ready for summer

Whether or not you are a student right now, I'm sure you know all about the hardships that come with warming weather and school ending soon.  Even if you are in your career of choice, I'm sure you still get a similar feeling.  That being said, I'm dedicating this post to mindfulness and finding peace through all of the beautiful changes of spring.

We all know that spring is a time of change, a time of new beginnings, a time of birth.  So many beautiful things are happening around us every day, so why do we tend to sulk in the gloomy/grey/rainy days?  It is natural to feel tired when the sun is not shining, or the temperature is constantly changing.  This is Mother Nature's way of preparing our bodies and minds slowly for the heat and intensity of summer.  Think about during the winter when you walk from the freezing cold outside to standing right in front of a blazing fire inside.  It might feel good at first, but then you get really hot and uncomfortable.  But, if you were to have come inside from the cold, grabbed a warm drink to sip and sat near the fire, you would have slowly warmed up and felt great.  This is the same for spring.  Spring is that sip of warm tea after the blast of cold to help prepare your body for the flames (heat) from the sun.  Doesn't that make it seem much nicer?

If you need a little pick-me-up during this time of year, here's a few things that might help:

  • Read a book about summer/begin planning a vacation
  • Drink your favorite summer beverage
  • Go through your summer clothes and try them on to remind you that it's just around the corner
  • Listen to the birds chirp
  • Look at the new buds and blades of grass growing
  • Smell the rain
  • practice Pranayama outdise
  • exercise as much as you can outside
Hopefully these things help you in your journey through spring.  Just remember that this is a beautiful time of year, but in order to see the beauty, you have to slow down, take a step back, and listen/hear/see/feel/taste all the beautiful new things that happen in spring.

Luana ola!