Spring is here, it’s an excellent time for a reset! Because let’s face it, it’s been a very long, heavy winter season. Now is a great time to clear out the cobwebs, spring clean your mind, and plant seeds for exciting new beginnings.
Spring offers us a chance to start new. If you’re anything like me, you can become very set in our ways. Our thoughts can create grooves, and we can quickly get stuck in repetitive negative thinking.
So. 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 sure. All we know is what’s 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 ideas can grow. Take the paper and cut it up. Get rid of it. It’s time to start fresh.
TIP – to work through your negative thoughts, try The Work by Byron Katie. You will be shocked at how well her method works!
3. Now, think of how you want to feel and who you want to be this season.
Write these qualities down. Get creative and use markers or drawings to further enhance the meaning and importance of these qualities. Maybe some words include: happy, grateful, kind, hopeful, ambitious, wild, fun, whatever comes to you!
4. Allow yourself to dream about how you’d love your life to be.
Let yourself have fun with this! 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, happy, and fulfilled.
5. Create a new seasonal vision board.
Spring is a robust season of renewal, so anything is possible! Collect photos, colors, textures… whatever reminds you of the essence you want to bring into your life right now. Next, add your new words to a vision board. Now, place your board somewhere you will look every day to remind you of where you are headed.,
6. Freshen up your relationships.
See yourself expanding your relationships. Also, see your existing relationships are becoming more healthy, happy, and meaningful. Visualize that you are a magnet attracting wonderful new relationships into your life. See your relationships bringing joy and fulfillment to your days, raising your vibration.
Likewise, see yourself mindfully editing out the relationships that are draining. Sometimes friendships drift apart, and that’s okay too. Letting go can be freeing and necessary.
7. Commit to your meditation practice.
Keeping our mental garden of thought clean and clear will require meditation. I highly recommend this program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. They are excellent 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’re stagnant and where you waste time. Find open opportunities to implement new behaviors that align more directly with your goals.
9. Embrace a new hobby.
Make the hobby fun! 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.
10. Let go of old grudges.
Is there anything holding you back? Are you harboring resentment toward someone? Those negative attachments can weigh you down. The goal is to be light and free. Do the work, and let them go.
For extra help, check out this cord-cutting meditation. I promise you, it works every time.
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.
Do you need more proof? Check out these quotes from Abraham Hicks.
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 celebration and 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 upcoming season.
13. Jot down a list of things you would like to do this spring.
Plant a vegetable garden, brighten 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.
Another powerful method of renewing your home is to incorporate Feng Shui. Look here for an expert’s take on simple ways to increase the chi in your home.
14. Keep the light of optimism shining out from within you.
In short, there is so much to look forward to! Now is the perfect time to get aligned with new goals and dreams and to tenderly and lovingly guide yourself in the promising direction of sunny new days that are here to stay!
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(This post was originally published on April 13, 2021 and has been updated for thoroughness.)