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Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Body, and Soul

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Today marks the vernal equinox where the day and night are equal length. After winter's cold temperatures and scarcity, spring's invigorating energy inspires and motivates us to start new projects and patterns. It's a perfect time to spread your wings and seek the unknown.

In Native American heritage the archetype animal for the spring equinox is the Eagle. The eagle represents freedom, awareness, and the ability to discover patterns from a different perspective. From the eagles vantage point high in the sky, it can easily feed its hunger. For humans it's a reminder to believe in our ability and satisfy the hunger of our soul.

From a Western Astrology perspective, we are entering into Aries season, which also marks the beginning of the astrological new year. Aries is courageous, fierce, impulsive and enthusiastic. It also represents naivety and is similar to children without inhibitions, ready to take on anything life throws their way.

In Chinese Astrology, the vernal equinox represents the Rabbit totem. The rabbit acts as a guide between heaven and earth. In the earth plane rabbits are sound navigators, having perceptions that pilot them through the darkness. Because of this, rabbits represent Sensitives and Seers and their psychic powers. It also symbolizes those moments in life when we must hop to or in unfamiliar surroundings, using your inner light for direction.

In spring, the world is fertile and poised on the threshold of abundance. Seeds are sown or sprouting, and many animals are carrying or birthing the next generation. We too are nature and therefore sit on the precipice of abundance and growth. Nature is a reminder that everything needs to grow and change and develop, even us.

A Walk in the Park

Connecting with wild plants is a perfect way to be present - and really see things that perhaps you never noticed before. Something as simply as a walk through a park can reveal the wonder of regeneration. Guided plant walks can be captivating and inspirational. You can learn all about the local flora, their biology, history, and medicinal uses.

You can find peace in the greenery of nature. It's a perfect way to soothe the mind and ease any tension in the body. Crouching down to get a closer look at smaller plants or to stroke a blade of grass can be an impactful meditation experience. If nothing else, you'll realize how busy with the stresses and worries of life keep you from noticing these tiny wonders, and to feel connected to these cycles of nature and life.

In spring our senses are delighted by the different fragrances of new blossoms, the bright colors of blooming flowers, the sounds of birds chirping in the distance, and the feel of warmer weather. Spring is the perfect season to rejuvenate ourselves and embrace new beginnings, fresh ideas, and exciting aspirations.

Natural Ways to Create Balance

There are so many simple ways to create balance in your life through nature. Here are few to get you started:

  1. Stock up on essential oils. You can add a few drops to purified water and give a spritz around your environment. Lavender is very calming whereas Frankincense is

cleansing and grounding. Peppermint is rejuvenating and cooling while lemon can enhance immunity.

2. Get outside. I already discussed how taking a walk through the park can ease the mind and the body. I can't stress enough the importance of getting outside whenever you can. Tend to a garden or simply take a walk or hike. Any time spent in nature, is time well spent.

3. Eat wisely. Shop at a local farmers' markets to ensure what you eat reflects the season. Rely on fresh ingredients when cooking and keep tending to that herb and vegetable garden!

4. Sit still. Give yourself permission to linger in quiet seated yin yoga poses. This type of practice is a perfect way to release tension and tightness. Forward bends, in particular, can help bring and maintain calmness.

Home Spring CLeaning Tips

Spring is here and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate! From the warming weather to the blooming greenery—I love everything about this season. And, because the days are lengthening, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle some home projects. Let's jump right in!

  1. Plan out exactly what you want to tackle and keep your focus on the task at hand.

  2. Clean up those windows but wait for an overcast day to tackle this job.

  3. Put lemon rinds in your garbage disposal. This is a great way to eliminate stagnate odors that tend to build up here.

  4. Freshen drapes by putting them in the dryer. It's a perfect solution to remove allergens too.

  5. Clean your walls using a damp towel. Refresh the look and feel of a room with fresh paint (low VOC's please:)

  6. Take your plants outdoors and hose off the leaves. Let the light of the sun give them a fresh boost.

  7. Remove any excess furnishings, clothing, or anything else you no longer need. Less is more is the way to go.

  8. Pay attention to the east portent of your home. The rooms in this direction are naturally activated during the spring months. Include plenty of wood elements with a touch of fire. Add additional flow with the element of water. No water elements in kitchen or bedroom please!

Reset Your Mind and Welcome New Beginnings

Enjoy this 7 minute meditation and reset your mind!

Trees and Renewal

The vernal equinox is the time to walk on your journey thorugh change. As you embark on your new journey, pick a tree that has deep spiritual meaning for you. Look at this tree as a companion as you unlock your nner power and search for the deeper meaning in your life.

Trees to Consider:

The Acacia tree symbolizes continuity, courage and new beginnings. The Baobob tree or the Tree of Life, symbolizes emotional strength and spiritual sustenance. The Sacred Fig tree is perfect if you are looking to calm your mind and find clarity. The White Mulberry tree is wonderful to nourish your spirit and rejuvenate the life force energy in your body.

Planting a tree with deep spiritual meaning in your garden or in your home allows you to tap into these energies on a daily basis. You can go sit next to the tree every day during your meditation or simply stroke its bark and leaves, asking for guidance and protection before starting your day. Now is the time to invite the journey within, sweep out the old in preparation for all that is to come!

Spring Clean Your Body Yoga Sequence

This yoga sequence is a wonderful way to spring clean your mind, body and soul. In spring we emerge from the dark period of winter and return to the budding of new life. As the days become longer we have the opportunity to restore ourselves physically, mentally, spiritually, and energetically. As you move through this practice, you'll notice a lighter and grounding sensation as you cleanse and detoxify your body.

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