Yes, I have looked at my calendar today and know that it’s not technically spring yet. But when it’s 60+ degrees for over a week and the bulbs and trees are blooming outside my window, it feels like spring! It’s always been my favorite season– all the flowers blossoming, the air smelling so sweet, the world “waking up” from a winter’s nap, that subtle change from a cold winter wind to the warm spring breeze. Spring is simply full of possibilities!
There are two main reasons I love springtime. The first has to do with rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation. Much of nature rests during winter. Trees go dormant, animals hibernate– all saving their energy up for the glorious spring when they burst forth with new growth and beauty. Just like nature, we also need a time to rest and replenish our energy tanks. Perhaps that means we spend more time in quiet contemplation or meditation, or maybe we simply cut back on our social lives just a little, or it could be that we focus more on self-care and nurturing our inner Selves. However you choose to rest and replenish, don’t neglect this important part of life’s cycle. A daffodil doesn’t rest for a week before blooming again– it takes months of energy storage. Give yourself time to rest.
Are you ready for this one??
The second thing I love about spring is cleaning! (I know, you’re saying WHAT?!) But hear me out. No, I don’t particularly enjoy scrubbing the house from top to bottom. What I *do* like is getting rid of old, unused, no longer needed stuff that seems to accumulate from year to year. It’s the clearing out of clutter, the making of new space for whatever comes into life this year. I know I can’t be the only one who’s had the experience of climbing onto the step ladder to dust the knickknacks on the top shelf of a bookcase (because you know the last time you dusted up there was last spring), and seeing the inch of dust that’s settled and wonder, “now *why* am I keeping this stuff anyway?” Spring cleaning is the chance to make room in your life, your house, your office, wherever– for whatever is going to come into life this year. Nothing new can come in without something old leaving. Make some room! Create some space! And then breathe in the fresh clean scent of possibility!
So, are you ready for spring? If you’re curious about how music therapy fits into this picture, contact me anytime. I’m always happy to answer questions!