Doesn’t it feel so good to welcome spring with open arms? Especially now – after this very heavy and emotional winter. It feels like spring means more this year. Therefore, now is a great time to clear out the cobwebs, spring clean your mind, and plant seeds for exciting new beginnings.
Winter can feel very long, and we can get set in our ways. Our thoughts can create grooves, and we can easily get stuck in repetitive negative thinking. Spring offers us a wonderful chance to start new.
Like a gardener prepares the soil to plant seeds, now is the time to clear our minds and prepare for a brand new, light, and bright season ahead.
Here are some ideas for spring cleaning your mind and planting seeds for new beginnings:
1. First, take an honest look at your negative old thoughts and beliefs.
You know the ones…maybe they’ve crept up on you this winter. Some you may recognize as familiar, while other thoughts are new and may have recently emerged. Take inventory and write them all down on paper.
Tip: try stream of consciousness writing. Set a timer for three minutes and write down every negative thought you have, from “I’m never going to get that job” to “Things will never feel normal again.” Write them all down without judgment.
2. Next, look at them objectively.
Allow clarity to come through. Recognize that these thoughts aren’t true. We can’t know anything for certain. All we do know is what is happening right now, and that we can choose to adopt a positive mindset. Negative thoughts need to be weeded out of your mental garden so that new thoughts can grow. Take the paper and cut it up. Get rid of it. It’s time to start new.
3. Think of how you want to feel and who you want to be this spring.
Write these qualities down. Get creative and use markers or drawings to further enhance the meaning and importance of these qualities. Maybe some of the words include: happy, grateful, kind, hopeful.
4. Allow yourself to dream about what kind of spring you would love to have.
For example, see yourself beaming with happiness while walking through town, laughing with friends, or sitting outside reading your favorite book. Really visualize yourself in these settings. See yourself radiant and happy.
5. Create a new seasonal vision board.
Collect photos, colors, textures… whatever reminds you of the essence you want to bring into your life this season. Add your new words to your new vision board. Place your board somewhere you will look every day to remind you of where you are headed. Spring is a powerful season of renewal and anything is possible!
6. Freshen up your relationships.
See yourself expanding your relationships. Your existing relationships are becoming more healthy, happy, and meaningful. You are a magnet attracting new relationships, too. Likewise, see yourself blossoming in this area, mindfully editing out the relationships that are draining, and further embracing those that bring joy and fulfillment to your days.
7. Commit to your meditation practice.
Keeping our mental garden of thought clean and clear is going to require meditation. The best program I’ve ever taken to get you started is one with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. They are amazing teachers. Even just sitting for 20 minutes every morning can make a huge difference.
8. Reassess your daily schedule.
Even your daily schedule might have weeds that need to be pulled! Look at where you are stagnant, and where you waste time. Find open opportunities to implement new behaviors that align more with your goals.
9. Embrace a new hobby.
Introducing a new interest can brighten your days and your outlook. Do you want to try watercolor painting? Or photography? Find a new, fresh way to engage your mind in a happy, healthy way. Make the hobby fun!
10. Let go of old grudges.
The goal is to be light and free. Is there anything holding you back? Are you harboring resentment toward someone? Those negative attachments can be weighing you down. Do the work, and let them go.
11. Embrace the term “new beginnings.”
Write down the words “new beginnings” on a sticky note and place it somewhere you look every day. Let this note remind you that now is an auspicious time to welcome and receive positive new beginnings in any area that you wish. Remember that the more you believe, the more you will receive.
12. Enjoy planning and visualizing celebrations with family and friends.
Imagine the feeling of reconnecting with family and friends and enjoying this new season of togetherness. It’s been a long haul, and reuniting more often with loved ones will bring an added layer of happiness and fulfillment to this spring season.
13. Jot down a list of things you would like to do this spring.
Plant a vegetable garden, brighten up your home with fresh new colors, buy some new spring dresses, or even try a new hairstyle. Welcome the newness of the season in all ways.
14. Commit to checking in with yourself once a day.
Are you embodying the qualities you want for yourself? Stay on track. Now is the time.
15. Keep the light of optimism shining out from within you.
In short, there is so much to look forward to! Tenderly and lovingly guide yourself in the promising direction of sunny new days that are here to stay!
Read here to see what “rose colored glasses” means to me.
Find out some things that bring happiness to me. Maybe they will work for you, too!
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