With the revitalizing energy in the air, we feel an extra push to clear out the dormant energy and excess substance that is no longer serving our highest and best good. Winter allowed us to rest and go within; to introspect and contemplate in quiet and stillness; to observe our creations. With spring’s arrival, we feel connected to the life springing up through the soil! It’s time to cleanse and let go of what is no longer in alignment with our truth so we can revitalize and be reborn into our renewed self, and take action in our highest potential! Here are some tips.
Cleanse and Revitalize Your Body
Listen to Your Body
Sit with your body for five minutes and breath deeply. Feel each part of your body as though you are listening. Be in gratitude and awe at the phenomenal home that your body is as a vessel for you to experience and express life. Recognize its capability and willingness to be infinite amounts of tiny universes (cells) collaborating to work along with you as a whole. What is it telling you? What does it need right now? Are you moving it enough? Are you hydrating and feeding it in the most loving ways? Are you getting outside to give it sunlight; letting the cleansing spring rain inspire proper self care? Are you showing it gratitude for its participation in your ways of playing, connecting, and creating?
Consume Whole, Cleansing Foods
If you want to revitalize your body, a little cleanse may put some extra “spring” in your step. 😉 Now when I say cleanse, I mean to do this in the best way possible for you. Even if it is as simple as eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and processed sugar from your diet. There are multiple ways to cleanse your body and tons of different opinions about doing so. Over the years, I have done everything from juice cleanses, to raw foods, to Edgar Cayce’s 3 day apple diet, to the master cleanse. I’m not gonna lie, I usually feel invigorated while doing them (with a tough day here and there), and at times, I found it difficult to want to come off of them, so be mindful. If you want to do a cleanse, be sure to do your research and see what resonates. (And as with any sort of health endeavor, check with your doctor before beginning).
But remember that you can keep it as simple as committing to proper hydration and nutrition, eating only whole, real (unprocessed), foods. The ones full of life force energy! I would recommend starting here. You can incorporate cleansing food into your diet by drinking lemon water in the morning and adding lots of veggies, fruit, fresh made juices, and green smoothies (tip: unless you want to have something to chew, blend your greens first to get them the most liquified). This will do amazing things for your health, and feeling great leads to healthy lifestyle habits! Keep it simple and listen to your body!
I first learned about dry brushing in a book by Natalia Rose. (Her books are great if you want to cleanse and incorporate more raw, fresh foods into your diet, (even if you don’t want to eat only raw). Dry brushing increases circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system, reduces stress, exfoliates, energizes, and reduces cellulite! You just need a dry, natural brush with a long handle (found at any health food store). Every morning before you shower, brush your body in circular motions moving toward your heart. Here are more detailed instructions. The skin is the largest organ in the body. Pampering it and giving it invigorating care like dry brushing will definitely cleanse and revitalize your body!
Exercise. Play. Breathe.
In addition, adding proper movement, exercise, breathing, and play will clear anxious or stressful energy and wake you up to the energy of spring renewal! Maybe you prefer stretching and breath work, or maybe more intense exercise. Maybe your exercise is outdoor play. All are lovely ways to revitalize your body and get the life force energy flowing. Whether it’s yoga, surfing, hiking, running, walking, biking, weightlifting, stretching, or dancing…get that body moving in whatever way feels best!
Listen to your body and have fun!
Cleanse and Revitalize Your Mind
Take up a meditation practice if you don’t have one already. Meditation is a powerful tool to revitalize physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Some prefer guided meditations or music. Some prefer silence. You can use a specific technique, mantra, or chant, or simply sit and focus on your breath and the feeling of peaceful bliss and love. As your thoughts move through, don’t worry about them, let them move along and you keep bringing your focus back to your breath and the feeling. There is no one way to do it. Find a method that resonates with you and give yourself this nurturing gift, even if it’s ten minutes a day.
“With the coming of spring, I am calm again.” Gustav Mahler
Quiet the Distractions and Live
Turn off the television and social media. They can be quite overwhelming and interfere with many aspects of living. How much you utilize these is your choice. However, if you structure and minimize your usage of them, you will find more time and energy to do, to create, to be, and to LlVE. Reclaim your time, your energy, your relationships, and your creativity.
Reclaim Your Joy
Laugh. A lot. Life is pretty freaking funny. If you feel like you’ve forgotten, maybe turn the TV back on for a few seconds to giggle at the absurdity of some of the illusions we are fed. 😉 Or even better; if there are people in your life whose company inspires joy but never judges tears, call them. Recognize the humor and delight in everyday life. Kids can certainly help with this.
Cleanse and Revitalize Your Spirit
This is all encompassing. All of the things in this article will provide clarity to revitalize and be more in touch with your spirit and authentic being. However, nature and creativity are key elements.
Nature is truth in constant evolution. It’s the embodiment of life in stillness and life in motion. Get outside in the fresh air…whether it’s in the sunlight, the fog, or the rain if it suits you. Take a walk on the beach, around a lake, or through the forest if any are nearby. If they are not, and it’s possible, make a point to visit one (or all) of them. Until then, go to a park and bring a blanket. Take a walk and then relax. For extra grounding, take off your shoes and put your feet in the grass! If you want to stay close to home, take a walk in your neighborhood. Sit in your backyard with your favorite tree. Gardening is another wonderful way to connect with nature and creativity. Get your hands in the juicy soil and plant some spring flowers!
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood
We. Are. Creative. Beings. Creating is our natural state. Think of a creative endeavor that peaks your interest and revitalize this creative part of you! If you haven’t nurtured this part of yourself in a while, don’t worry if you feel any anxiety or discomfort when you first begin. This is just built up resistance and judgment. Most of it is likely based on the influence of outside opinions or expectations regarding creativity and imagination. If you are feeling childish, be grateful. You are lucky to get back to the allowance of imagination and play! If you are worried you should be doing something “more productive”, that it’s pointless, or (the big one) whether you’re good enough. WHO CARES?! JUST. KEEP. CREATING.
Allow the movement to the other side of the antagonistic thoughts and feelings and they will lose their power. As you continue, you will get to this beautiful space where you feel peaceful, yet energized, and unbelievably connected to your authentic self. Creation and life flow through you, awakening inspired focus, freedom, gratitude, and joyful allowance in being. You just may even lose track of time…
Relish in the renewal of your authentic creative self! Draw, paint, write, make up a song. Garden, make a flower crown, bead, knit, sculpt. Take some photos, design a house, build a chair, build an engine, play an instrument…there are no rules. Just create. You will rebirth glorious parts of yourself!
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw
Utilize this springtime energy to give you that nudge to cleanse and revitalize your body, mind, and spirit. Let go of what is no longer serving your highest potential and adopt some feel good habits with great benefits! Have fun!
Be sure to check out our next post on cleansing your space to rejuvenate!