Spring is a time of rebirth. As we transition from the cold dark shadows of winter to the bright fresh days of spring it often instills an optimistic feeling. The days begin to lengthen, trees bud, and flowers bloom. With the time changes and extra daylight, many people begin exercising more and spending additional time in nature. Some may take up a new hobby or join a group activity. What do you plan to do with your extra daylight?
Plant A Seed
I have heard it said that when you think times are the darkest, when there seems to be no hope, you may think you have been buried; however, you will undoubtably find that you have not been buried but planted. If you are going through a rough period and things are not flowing the way you think it should, consider this thought. Maybe you have been planted and are in an incubation period.
It takes time for seedlings to sprout and bloom. In order to nurture and protect the seedling we need to provide nourishment, water, and food from the soil. As it begins to sprout it is fragile and may need shelter from the wind or storms.
Perhaps your talents and skills are not being recognized at this time. It might be because “those in charge” are blind and unable to recognize your greatness. It could be because you have a little more development to do before you are “ready” for the task. The trick is to realize that what appears to be a horrible, dark, and miserable time may be exactly what you need to transform into the “fully blossomed” you.
Are there aspects of yourself you would like to change?
How might you improve your relationships, finances, health, or occupational skills?
Nurture, protect, and feed your seedling self so that you can develop into that fully actualized individual you want to become.
Can you think of ways in which you can take better care of yourself?
Maybe it is time to change the way you eat or get more sleep. It might be helpful to take a look at your sleep patterns and sleep hygiene. You might want to begin new habits of healthy living, or simply take time out for thinking, journaling, or meditating. Is this a good time to begin learning something new?
Consider what kind of blossom you want to become. If you do not know what kind of seed to plant this would be a good time to take inventory of your aspirations. What do you want? What does it look like? What does it take to get there? Create clear goals that are actionable. Think about how you can take steps toward your goal. Remember this is just planting a seed, not time to harvest the fruit. What steps will start you off toward the goal?
Visualize the Final Product
After you have planted the seed set your sights on your goal and begin to visualize yourself as fully developed. This is great incubation time.
What will you do differently?
How will you act?
Who will you be with?
After you get a clear picture of the actionable steps you want to take that will move you toward your goal, begin. Take those first steps. Once you start taking those steps, you will feel the sun on your face as you begin to emerge from the dark damp soil. Continue to nurture, protect, and feed your seedling self as you move into the sunlight.
Spring is an exciting season. Plant something worthy of your time and enjoy the fruits of your efforts when the time comes to harvest.