With a change of season just around the corner, it’s time to put a Spring in our step
1. GET ENERGISED WITH SEASONAL FRUIT AND VEG
A few years ago when I was living in London, I decided I’d start getting veg boxes delivered to my flat. At first I would scroll through all the choices and painstakingly plan each meal ahead of time. Now, there’s nothing wrong with meal planning – I’m thinking about food 95% of the time anyway! But I have to say, when I changed tack and let the veg box company deliver whatever was fresh, local and in season I noticed a real difference. It was fun to get this mystery box and create new meal ideas from the contents, and what’s more, I could taste the difference.
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to eat an apple straight from the tree, you’ll know that you can almost taste the living goodness entering your body. Now, I know we can’t all get our food directly field to face these days; but seeking out local, seasonal produce is a real tonic for body and mind. Check out this fab, informative book to get you started on the road to knowing what to look for and when
2. GET CREATIVE WITH WHAT SPRING IS SPRINGING
The snowdrops and crocuses are starting to poke their lovely heads out, even after all that snow. It really lifts the spirits to see the first flashes of colour penetrating the dark days. Now we are spending a lot more time on walks (!) I thought it would be a nice idea to really start taking note of those first signs of spring: Keen photographers and diarists alike, please share your pictures and discoveries with us – nothing gives us more joy than inspiration from others. Taking the time to slow down in reverence and wonder at nature’s ceaseless cycles of death and growth, will give us renewed energy to blossom.
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3. GET OXYGENATED WITH QIGONG BREATHING
Someone joked on Twitter the other day that she was absolutely furious about how good she felt after a week of breathing and moving her body for an hour each day, like everyone kept telling her to all her life. It really tickled me. I totally get it – even as a fairly active person, I still find myself resisting the simple fact that if I’m feeling crabby, getting some good breath in my body will help.
There are a wealth of ways in which we can do that, but in day to day life, I think we all need go-tos – simple practices that calm us, get us back in tune with our physical selves, and get us breathing deeply and fully. Emotional stress and tension builds up in the body and without making the connection we find ourselves distressed or uneasy in the mind. So, if you are looking for a go-to practice to rest and reset, look no further.
4. GET SOME SPACE WITH A BIT OF SPRING CLEANING
In the next few weeks you might (just might) have the sudden urge to have a big clean up or a big clear out. It happens like that doesn’t it? You have days of looking at the hoover or that big pile of junk in the cupboard and thinking ‘I can’t be bothered’… and then suddenly one day you start, and there’s no stopping you. I find if I start one thing, I get the bug and carry on until I’m scrubbing skirting boards with a toothbrush. (I might be alone there!) Anyway, what I’m saying is, spring cleaning is great for your energy. It’s a positive ‘out with the old, in with the new’ activity that gets us ready and raring to go for the rest of the year. Somehow making space in your home seems to make space in your mind. And making space in your mind means all the good stuff can come in.
5. GET INVOLVED WITH A LIKE-MINDED COMMUNITY
Being part of a community; whether it’s friends, neighbours, exercise buddies, or a wider community of likeminded individuals like Colomba; is a fluid and ever-changing conversation. Sometimes we need to lay low – we are feeling quiet, reserved, and need to preserve energy for ourselves; sometimes we feel great and have the excess pep to lift other people up, or hold them where they need holding. And no one is in the same place at the same time. Thats why it works. We nourish these communities to give to and take from on our journey. You never know when you have been the difference in someone’s day, and they might not know that something they said or did changed you forever. The point is that we are here for eachother, quietly moving forward, together.
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