Written as a Life Lesson by Angel Powers
As winter comes to an end and the temperature is warm, the ice melts, and buds begin to grow on trees; our earth is telling us it’s time for a new rebirth.
Many people look at spring as the “New year”; winter being the time for hibernation.
As the bear prepares food for winter and sleeps for the winter time it hibernates to rest and restore its body, its mind, and its soul.
When spring arrives it’s time for a rebirth, and new beginnings.
Is There Something that Needs to be Reborn Within You?
Perhaps with the nicer weather you’ve started moving your body more; I know I have after this long dreadful winter. I’ve been walking three days a week; up bright and early at 6 AM.
There are many times I’m just too tired and my scheduled day ahead seems too much, but I know if I get out and even move my body for a half an hour I will feel better.
Perhaps it’s time to clean your closet, or that bathroom sink that just tends to pile with stuff.
We live in a culture of instant gratification, and with this mindset also come an unhelpful thinking style called “all or nothing thinking“.
When we fall into these thinking traps, we cut ourselves off from achieving something before we even start.
We have the mindset of “Oh well, why bother!”
“If I work out for a month and only lose 1 pound I think, its hopeless why should I even try.”
Learning From Nature!
We could learn this teaching from the earth itself; when the snow melts it doesn’t melt in one day. You see when earth is changing seasons, if all the snow were to be melted in one day we’d be at risk of a flood.
When was the last time earth skipped winter?
The bird teaches us to look at things from the bigger picture. The turtle teaches us to assimilate to our surroundings, in the water it is fast and agile; on land agility is slow and steady.
When I’m too busy running around in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I miss these moments, these teachings that are available to me in abundance if I would just tune in.
Tips to use your environment and Body as a Vessel of Information
- Slow down simply by activating your breath. Start with your hand below your navel; while you inhale bring your hand up slowly to the top of your nose. As you exhale press your hand in a downward motion stopping when your arm reaches a full extension. Do this 7-10 times to activate a sense of calm.
- In our chaotic world, calm sometimes brings anxiety. Be present. Look around you. Notice your immediate environment. The walls, the floor, the temperature, what you’re wearing, who is there, the time of day, the day of the week, the day of the month and so on…. in this moment, there is nothing to fear, or to be nervous about.
- Say out loud or in your head (out loud is better if you can) a.) allow me to set aside everything I think I know to see a different perspective. b.) If my environment was trying to communicate something to me in this very moment what is it trying to teach me? c.) What can I learn from…. name your surroundings i.e. the brides, my kids, the dog, traffics, the song on the radio.
Recognize the Message
The truth is, our environment is constantly communicating with us, nudging us and teaching us what we need to know. The trick is to slow down long enough and to be open to the message we are receiving.
When we receive mail it is our job to open the envelope and read what’s inside. If you receive mail and stick it in a corner or throw it in the garbage and choose not to open it, you are choosing not to read the message that has been delivered to you. So, if you are the kind of person that opens your mail when it is delivered, could you choose to open the deliveries that are in constant supply to you everywhere you are?
Written by: Angel Powers/Jane Laker
Photo Credits: Stephen Elliott