One aspect of living seasonally that I am super interested in exploring, is how we can use the Earth’s cycles of planting, growing, harvesting, and giving thanks to fuel growth in our own lives.
All living things have seasonal cycles – animals hibernate, feed & have babies by the seasons, the trees bloom then lose their leaves, tulip bulbs re-sprout each spring. We are, (duh!), living things and I feel pretty certain our human lives – physical, mental and emotional lives – are likewise affected by the Earth’s cycles.
So doesn’t it make sense that those same cycles of planting, growing and harvesting might be present in our own lives?
Spring is a Time for Planting
We all know spring is the time for planting your garden. The ground is alive and rich. The rain is nourishing. The sun is bright & warm. The Earth is fertile and life is flourishing.
Likewise, spring is an ideal time to plant the seeds of things we’d like to see grow and flourish in our own lives.
Spring is a time of life coming into being. Things that were stirring in winter’s darkness are now being born – animals are having babies, shrubs that were cut to the ground in fall are returning to life, bulbs are blooming. The dark world of spirit turns into matter in the spring. Dreams become tangible. Now is a great time of year to put a voice to desires that have been stirring in the darkness inside of you. What have you been wanting to bring into your life? Spring is an ideal time to plant those desires, those intentions, and see them sprout and bloom in the warming sunshine.
This spring, let’s explore what happens if we’re super mindful of this season as an ideal time to plant intentions. What happens if we really engage in a mindful practice of setting some intentions for the coming months, and use the fertile energy of spring to bring those intentions to life.
(And, just a note … I deliberately use the word “intentions” instead of “goals”. Goals feel so rigid. Goals make me think of To Do Lists. Intentions feel gentler. Intentions are something you can lean into. Intentions feel like a path you’re setting off on, the destination can change a bit. Goals feel like another things you have to DO.)
“Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.
“Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention.”
– Deepak Chopra
So here’s what I want us to do … for the remaining weeks of spring, let’s really mindfully plant some intentions for ourselves and see what we can grow.
Your Seasonal Soulwork
We’ll start with this lovely meditation, Planting Seeds Meditation by Mukti Yoga.
1. Over the next few weeks of spring plan to listen to this meditation a handful of times.
Set up a schedule for yourself. Make it realistic. Write it in your calendar, set a reminder on your phone. Commit to spending this time. The mediation is only 10 minutes, you can easily forgo a Facebook session to do this. Listen to it twice a week before bed. Or spend 10 minutes sitting in the sun on your lunch break to listen to it. Take a walk and play it in your headphones. Whatever it is, make it realistic for you, in your life. I’m actively working to create a more mindful morning routine and develop a healthier way to start my day, so my plan is to listen to this meditation as part of my morning routine for the next few weeks.
2. Find a quiet place.
Get yourself ready. Create some space where no one will no one will bother you for 10-20 minutes. Get the meditation all set up. (I like to listen using my headphones, I find its helpful in shutting the world out.) Sit comfortably. Take a few deep breaths to get centered and then, press play.
3. After the meditation, spend some time writing about your experience.
What intentions arose for you? What would you like to focus on growing this spring? What did it feel like to harvest the fruit of your seeds?
Throughout the year here at The Seasonal Soul, we’ll be building on these exercises. We’ll return to the seeds you’re planting and check in on how they’re growing. We’ll tend them and harvest them when we’re ready. It will be so great and very helpful to have these writings to reflect on and see what growth we are experiencing.
4. Let go and trust.
Be mindful of your intentions and be thankful for how they’re unfolding in your life. But don’t grasp too tightly to them, or to your idea of how they will grow and take shape. Instead, remain centered and trust that your intentions have been planted and they will continue to grow in exactly the right way and time.
5. Tell me about your experience with this meditation in the comments below.
How did it feel? What was the experience of meditating regularly like? What intentions arose for you? I’d love to create a community where we are exploring these connections with the seasons together. Please share your experience below so we can start the conversation.
“Your focused intentions set the infinite organizing power of the universe in motion.
Trust that infinite organizing power to orchestrate the complete fulfillment of your desires. Don’t listen to the voice that says that you have to be in charge, that obsessive vigilance is the only way to get anything done. The outcome that you try so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally.
You have released your intentions into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and they will bloom when the season is right. “
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