March 19, 2019

Meditating with the Seasons – Spring

Each year the springtime offers us a chance to think about creation, renewal, and action. This is the Earth’s season of birth and growth, and we can benefit greatly from aligning our inner environments with this energy. If you’ve noticed new flowers blossoming, warmth cutting through the cool air for the first time, or the sunlight finally extending past your 5pm commute, you are already tuned in to the energy of Spring!

In winter we focused on rest and reflection. As we gather the lessons that surfaced through that season, it’s time to move into a more active head and heart space. Think of spring as the time when your ideas and intentions from the winter start to peek through the soil, seeking nourishment and inspiration from the outside world. The warmer weather and vibrancy of nature create the perfect conditions to get you moving and grooving.

A spring meditation practice can help you identify your next step. Will you start a creative project? Seek out a new professional connection? Move to your dream location? Harmonizing yourself with the season may give you that extra boost of energy you need to get started. You can also think of this meditation as spring cleaning for the mind – this is the perfect time to declutter your thoughts, get clarity, and take action. Follow the steps below for your spring meditation. Feel free to add or subtract any elements that help it resonate with you!

Find Your Space

Spring is a great time to suss out a nook or cranny in nature where you can settle in for a mindfulness practice. The sights, sounds, and scents of the environment can serve as inspiration for your own awakening. If you don’t have access to an outdoor space, carve out a special place in your home where you can fully relax.

Set Your Intention

As you settle into your space, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Connect to the sensation of air flowing in and out of your belly, throat, and nose. Gently call to mind an intention for your practice. Your intention can be as simple as staying present. You can also set an intention to clear away mental clutter, to stay open to guidance about your next action steps, or to connect to the Earth.

Breathe into It

Depending on how you are positioned (seated, lying down, or sitting on a chair), feel your body begin to connect into the ground or floor. Imagine the roots of a tree growing from your feet into the ground beneath you, and take a few more breaths.

Next, envision a vibrant green light glowing from your heart center. As you inhale, expand your chest and see the green light spread throughout your body. As you exhale, relax and feel nourished. This practice will open your heart and connect you with the renewing energy of springtime.

As you continue to breathe and picture this glowing green light, imagine that it connects you with all of the tiny flower buds, blades of grass, and tree leaves around you. If and when your mind starts to wander, bring it back to the sensation of your breath and the image of the green glowing light in your heart. Coming back to the present moment is the entire essence of meditation.

For an advanced practice, you can use this time to ask yourself questions like “What is trying to be birthed through me this spring?” or “What mental clutter needs to be cleared away?” Once you pose the question, relax into the silence and observe any answers that float to the surface. Even if nothing comes, know that you are planting the seeds of greater clarity and purpose for yourself.

Return and Reflect

As you come out of the meditation, deepen your breath and wiggle your fingers and toes. Place a hand on your heart where the green light was emanating, and thank yourself for showing up to your practice. By living from a mindful place, you are doing a service to all living beings.

Take time with a journal or notepad to write down anything that came up for you during the meditation– did you gain clarity on your next steps? Did you tap into a sensation of creation, acceleration, or growth? Do you feel more connected to the Earth? Having a moment of quiet reflection will help to solidify your experience and highlight the benefits of your practice.

Whatever is coming down the path for you, know that the Earth is supporting and cheering you on with the energy of growth and renewal this Spring. If you give this meditation a try, drop us a comment and let us know what you discover!

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