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Spring is in the air; we can tangibly FEEL it now. Even my family and friends in North Dakota have been telling me that they’ve seen multiple days in a row above 50 degrees! The sun shines longer, the light of day stretches further, and often when we are aligned with the rhythms of the Mother Nature, we begin to feel a lightness and renewed sense of energy along with her. The change of the seasons can also be a difficult time, as they represent TRANSITION, and our human systems tend to like to maintain constancy and consistency! As the seasons change, we are also asked to change: our routines, our diets, our activity levels, our focus.
Spring is the season of CLEANSING AND CLEARING OUT. We purge what can feel like darkness, heaviness,and dullness of winter, and through the process, create a lightness for creation of new (just as Mother Nature begins to create sprouts of new life in the ground). In our society, it seems the most top-of-mind way to cleanse is through diet alone: juicing, fasting, and kitchree cleanse programs flood our inboxes. While this can be a worthwhile endeavor if we are feeling congestion, mucous, bodily or mental heaviness, there are other ways to cleanse and lighten up.
On a flight home at the end of the month, I was listening to the “Kate and Mike Show” podcast with @katenorthrup about how to “cut through the noise” of the internet by simplifying who we follow. They acknowledged how we are BOMBARDED with information and stimulation full time if we allow it to be, and how we can easily get swept up in the tidal wave of societal “consumption”. And just as consuming too much food can create heaviness in our systems, so too can overconsumption of media create heaviness and confusion. Bottom line: to create balance, we need to BALANCE consumption with creation- how often do we actually TAKE ACTION on the information that we consume? How often do we PAUSE after a video or email, and reflect on how it impacted us? THIS IS THE PRACTICE. Kate recommended that we choose three: podcasts, blogs, or the media of your choice. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but a general guideline to create ease in your clearing out process. Here are the steps:
I hope this practice serves to lighten your burdens, create internal space and freedom, and clearer focus.
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P.P.S You can listen to our previous discussions HERE