Happy Earth Day! I know it’s officially been spring for weeks already, but I felt compelled to wait till the snow was off the ground to write about it. Now that spring has finally “sprung” I can tell you that I absolutely love this time of year. It’s an amazing, inspiring, and immensely beautiful season, IMHO.
Springtime invites us to shake off all that heavy stuff we pack on over the winter – the bulky clothes, a few extra pounds, a tendency to stay inside, perhaps some limiting self-beliefs – and shows us that we’ve got another chance to start anew.
You can feel it in the air, can’t you?! Growth. Transition. Newness.
Since taking my YTT at Janati Yoga School in Kingston, I’ve started to learn more about Ayurveda and how the seasons impact and change our bodies, how we feel, and how we should eat. It’s really fascinating stuff.
So this year, as the spring season awakens, I’ve made have a few observations of my own about our environment and what we can all learn from it:
- Put It On Autopilot
- Start Fresh
- Don’t Hide
Spring just happens. No one tells nature it’s time. There’s no secret signal or phone call that goes out alerting everyone and everything to get ready. Regardless of what’s going on in the world, once the sun finds itself directly above the equator (vernal equinox), the magic of creation starts to kick into gear. The ground begins to thaw, the animals begin to stir, the flowers begin to bloom, the land begins its return to a state of abundance.
Now imagine that same magic happening in your own life. Imagine that you could flip a switch and start to operate on autopilot. Imagine getting out of your head long enough to just get shit done.
For so many of us, we get in our own way. We spend too much time planning and stressing and doubting and thinking, and not enough time doing. Not enough time actioning. Not enough time blooming.
Lesson from Mother Nature: Put it on autopilot. You’ve got the plan, you’ve got the talent, you’ve got everything you need. Now just go. Strip out the bullshit and go. Make it automatic. Take out all of the unnecessary decision making factors, and go. Go, go, go.
Every year is a new year. The gardens and trees, the animals, the sky, the weather, they start every year with a blank slate. No memories, no anxiety, no regret. Regardless of what happened in the past, they show up each spring ready to go, equally enthusiastic and optimistic that this will be the best year yet.
The newbies: the chicks, and bunnies, and puppies, and birdies, they’re just happy to be alive! They spend all their time learning and trying without an iota of attention spent wondering if they’re good enough or smart enough.
Lesson from Mother Nature: The past is over and can’t be changed. The future is unwritten (and frankly not guaranteed). All you have is now. All that matters is now. Start fresh. Drop all of your excess baggage at the curb and step into the heart of 2016 like a brand new being.
Nature is beautiful. Stunning. Mind-bendingly perfect and flawed, complex and simple all at the same time. The birds and the bees, the flowers and trees, each spring they suit up and put on their best outfits. Dressed to impress, they step into the world full of bravado, hope, and energy. They declare, “I’m here” and instinctively fight for their place on the food chain.
Lesson from Mother Nature: Suit up! Take care! Get out into the world and show what you have. This is not the time to second guess and make excuses (see lessons 1 & 2 above). We have to care. We have to try. The opposite is the fastest way to die (literally and metaphorically).
Our world is so beautiful and has so much to teach us. The transition into spring (and again into summer) is the perfect reminder to get real, get present, and choose to show up in the world in a way that will help us achieve our dreams.