With the arrival of the Spring Equinox, most of us can now look forward to longer days and more luminosity and vitality flooding into our world. After a long and dark Winter, many cultures celebrate the arrival of Spring with a full cleansing of the home. This is a perfect way to turn over a new leaf and welcome new life into your personal environment. However, few of us make the time to refresh our inner homes: our bodies, minds and spirits.
Just as trees have to shake off dead leaves to make room for new growth, we can all benefit from releasing what we have outgrown. In fact, regularly clearing away old habits and emotional patterns that no longer serve us is a great way to make space for new experiences and opportunities to unfold in the year ahead. Without frequent inner cleansing, we can become energetically stagnant. You can determine this if you find yourself saying or thinking things like, “I feel stuck,” “I’m in a rut,” or “I’m not as excited about this anymore.” It’s a signal that it’s time for a bit little inner cleansing. This will allow you to move on to new brighter, happier and more fulfilling life experiences.
An easy way to tackle inner cleansing is to take a moment to look at the things that longer make you feel good. This can include your body (exercise and nutrition), mind (old thoughts and beliefs), and spirit (feeling passion for life). Be completely honest with yourself. This awareness is the beginning of change.
To determine where you need to focus, ask yourself the following ten questions:
- What foods no longer feel good to eat?
- Am I bored with my exercise routine?
- Is there a food or new fitness experience I’m excited to try but haven’t yet made the time?
- When I tune into my thoughts, do I tend to revisit the same ones over and over again?
- Reading over my journal entries from the last few months, what patterns in my thoughts and beliefs continue to repeat? Are there any I’m ready to let go of?
- When I think about certain painful memories, do I feel constricted anywhere in my body?
- Despite daily ups and downs, am I generally happy with my life?
- What’s one thing that often makes me happy that I don’t do as much of?
- What’s one thing that makes me unhappy that I still do a little too much?
- Am I ready for a fresh start?
Once you’ve answered these 10 questions, take time today to choose one thing you want to start doing for the health and happiness of your body, your mind and your spirit. Then decide on one thing you will eliminate in each of these areas to create space for your new and better habits.
Happy Spring Cleaning everybody!