Spring Awakening: New Ways of Being
As we celebrate the start of a new season and a much anticipated transition into Spring, Grace Practitioner Padma Coram explores the significance of this transition period and how we can use it as a catalyst for positive change in our own lives by adopting a mindful approach.
Throughout the universe there are patterns and cycles that have existed and been observed by countries and cultures for thousands of years. The changing of the seasons is one of them; phases of the moon another – and if this sounds too spiritual, consider the myriad of ways the moon shapes nature, creation and human behaviour. From determining the ebb and flow of the tides, to shaping farming calendars; times to plant and to harvest. Emergency services up their staffing when the moon is full with an increase in erratic behaviour widely reported, while on a far lovelier level, women’s menstrual cycles coincides with the lunar calendar too. If the moon can be so in synch with our body and mind (or rather, if we can be so in synch with it!), surely this is something we should utilise for personal growth and progression? With this new moon coinciding with the Spring Equinox, now is a powerful time to set positive intentions and begin to grow.
After months of anticipation (pining/longing/desperately seeking sunlight) Spring officially begins this week and things that have been dormant through the dark, winter months can burst forth with renewed energy. In the coming weeks the cold weather will thaw, giving way to blossom and brilliance and newborn animals can thrive now that there is the right balance of food, rainfall and sunlight to nourish them. If we are mindful, then we too can work with the season and begin to grow and flourish. By planting positive ideas and intentions in our minds and nurturing them (a farmer doesn’t plant seeds and then abandon them) we (just like the farmer) can expect to reap wonderful results as the year progresses. We are all familiar with the saying ‘go with the flow’ so why fight nature? Embrace this season of new beginnings!
With this in mind, now is the time for a thorough spring clean –which should not be limited to your home. Alongside kitchen cupboards, detox the mind, body, relationships and career; anything that does not add value, or clutters your life has to go.
Set time aside this week to ask yourself important questions. Where should I invest my time and effort? Which relationships should I focus on? How should I manage my money? Where do I want to be six weeks, 12 weeks – a year from now? Nature is logical, honest and pragmatic and these are qualities you should adopt in your own approach to growth and development; be truthful with yourself about the things that matter and what you’re willing to invest to get results. When you have a clearer sense of direction, start planning the steps to get you there. Career goals? Who in your network could advise, or make helpful introductions? Determined to have a slimmer, stronger body? What dietary changes will that require and how much exercise can you realistically commit to each week? Ready to meet someone new? Which of your friends knows you well enough to trust with a blind date? What are your three relationship non-negotiables?
As with everything, there is an element of trust; trusting in yourself and trusting in the universe to bring about what you deserve. That’s not to say you can be idle; but if you are truly committed to your intentions and take actions to enforce them every day, you will reap the rewards. If we think again of our farmer, he doesn’t dig up the ground daily to check for roots; he trusts that with water, food and sunlight, it will happen. If you nurture your positive intentions, they too will bloom.
Padma Coram practices mindfulness, meditation and healing, bringing together decades of learning and experience and incorporating everything from chakras to psychology in her guidance and coaching. She has studied with spiritual leaders the world over, worked and travelled with Deepak Chopra and been mentored by Mother Theresa. Learn more and experience her practice here.