Detoxing the mind
by Martha D'Adamo
It's been difficult to write about our editorial focus of spring detox under the threat of a major snow storm, winds hitting 50 MPH, and no real end to winter in sight. Yet, I know that nature always prevails, and I am heartened by this... stay strong... spring will come, and along with it, all the glorious flowers, sunshine, cleansing rains, and the overwhelming desire to "clean out."
There's so many aspects to spring cleaning, whether it is the deep cleanse of our homes and our properties, the airing out of our clothing as we transition from the heavy clothes of winter to lighter ones, our physical spring detox and our desire to eat "lighter," as we see the first crops of asparagus and spring peas.
There's another aspect of spring that I particularly love, and it is the symbolism of renewal. Each spring the earth is born anew... the bulbs that lay dormant through the deep freeze of winter come alive with color; the trees, stripped bare by fall, release their buds, that will yield luscious leaves; the lawns transform from brown to a beautiful green. It's a wonderful time of year to create a ritual of renewal of our own, coming out of our metaphorical hibernation of winter.
Along with the clean out of my home, my closets, my car, and the shift in my awareness of my diet, as I move to lighter foods, no longer needing the warm comfort of winter soups and root vegetables, I allocate time for my spring reflection.
This starts in mid-March, as I clip forsythia branches from the yard and place them in a vase in the house to force bloom them. Each day, I spend 15 minutes with the forsythia, as a focus of quiet reflection... what do I want to "bloom" in me this spring? What have I taken on that I can let go of? What needs to be tended in my "inner garden..."
I keep notes in my journal of what I want to serve as a reminder throughout the spring season, as it is easy to let the busy-ness of life crowd out the inner whispers of what I long for, whether it is for more expression, more time, less pressure. Making sure that I honor these inner desires is important, and it can be integrated into my daily life... so just 15 minutes a day, which serves as spiritual detox, to keep letting go of what I don't want and to embrace what I want to bring into my life. What I've found as I do this, it becomes part of my daily routine rather than something I have to fit in, and it is a constant reminder that no matter what season it is, each day I have the opportunity for renewal if I choose it.
Take the time this spring to renew and bring forth new expression in your life... you'll enjoy greater energy and expression, and you'll be able to take time to "smell the flowers."