April 2, 2021: Rebirth and Renewal
Spring, the season of rebirth and renewal. You can see the buds forming on tree branches. The daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses have emerged from their long winters nap blooming in shades of yellow and purple. The grass is starting to move from a tannish brown to kelly green. The birds are singing and building nests. April showers bring May flowers. The ground starts to soften allowing the gardeners to sink their fingers into the rich, moist soil. Nature is rooted in rebirth and growth. We tell the seasons by looking to the trees, flowers, grass and birds.
As we enter into spring, it is a great time to reflect on your own personal growth. During March, we challenged ourselves to get out of our comfort zone. Winter’s cooler months called us indoors away from nature. Spring calls us outdoors, allowing us to shake things up and find our edge. The practice of yoga teaches us to use our mind, body and breath to move into the poses. Like nature’s trees, we can learn how to ground ourselves by rooting our feet in the earth. We reach our arms to the sky, feeling the stretch in our shoulders like the sun calling the daffodils to grow taller each day. All winter, the tree stands naked, each branch bare to the snow, wind and cooler temperatures. Spring allows the energy stored during the winter to emerge sending light to the buds which triggers the leaves to form.
Lay a foundation for your yoga practice. Feel your mind and body react to the warmer temperatures. Feel your feet touch the grass. Feel the sun on your face. Feel the warm air on your skin. Smell the flowers. Listen to the bird’s chirp. Get out in nature to soak up the energy and sun.
Rebuild your strength
Regain your balance
Revive your energy
Refresh your mind
Rekindle your soul
Anne Frank advised those that could “go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy.”
See you outside,