Cultivating Self Blooming

Spring blooming isn’t just for flowers and trees and small furry creatures, it’s for us too.

With the warming temperatures, comes the shedding of winter blues, heavy clothing and whatever else you need to clean out.

Just like a plant that needs to be trimmed of dead branches to grow new buds, we need to trim away what doesn’t serve us to allow room for the blooming of new things.

With this in mind, I’m giving you a challenge. Take out a piece of paper, and list 3 things you want to do in your physical space to clear out the dark winter energy in your house to invite in the spring bloom. Don’t make them to involved.

For example, my list includes:

  1. Weed & plant seeds in my vegetable garden
  2. Switch out my winter and spring clothes in my wardrobe
  3. Wash the windows

Give yourself a reasonable time limit to complete your tasks. Don’t stress yourself out about getting it done tomorrow or this weekend.

Now, write down 3 things that will help you clear out the dark winter energy in your body. Again, don’t make them too involved, and set a reasonable time frame, or, even better, keep them open ended. I like have one for the my physical health, emotional health and mental health.

Here is my list:

  1. Physical: Walk my son to school each morning
  2. Mental: Find a new therapist
  3. Emotional: Each day name 3 things I’m grateful for.

Keep this list with you, decorate it, create a vision board— do something to make it stay with you. Pull it out whenever you feel challenged, depressed, or stuck, and do something on your list. You will be surprised how good it will feel to complete something you set out to do.

I know my best days are ones when I feel like I have accomplished something. Feeling useful is an under emphasized mental health booster, which is a shame because it is a good one.

So instead of retail therapy, or having a “cheat day,” try pulling out your list and being useful instead. Notice how you feel, and enjoy the sensation and feel yourself blooming into a happier version of yourself.