This holiday signifies when the seeds, having stored up their energy over the course of the dark months, start to stir and get ready to push growth downward (roots) and upwards (sprouts). In much the same way, you can start to stir—thinking about what new roots you want to sink into your life and what fresh growth you’d like to see sprouting. This is a great time for self-reflection, new ambitions, and healthful habits of renewal. Wordsworth’s melancholy poem above expresses his dismay that man tends to make no positive progress while nature delights in renewal. Playful animals, fat buds building on the branches, early spring flowers blossoming and more sweetness in the air should all act as inspiration for us humans.
This holiday provides a perfect opportunity for a “check-in” with how your new year is going. Are there habits that you wanted to develop, yet haven’t? Have you let your exercise regime slide? Have you failed to make your doctor’s/dentist appointments? Just take a couple of minutes to think about where you’re at in this fresh February. Don’t judge yourself—just make notes of what you’d like to renew your commitment to: it could be flossing, or getting a new haircut, or trying a different perfume (see the lesson later this month!) Maybe you want to eat more whole grains, or use less sugar, or drink more hot water. Whatever it is just write it down and then next to the item jot down how you can bring it to fruition. It may mean making a salon appointment, or a trip to a department store, or buying a flavored floss (cinnamon is my favorite). Rethink your recipe for success.
This time of year our bodies start to want to “sprout” and release stored fats in order to do so. Habits like drinking hot water with dried or fresh ginger in will help cleanse your system and aid the metabolism of fats. And, although the weather may still be inclement, this is no time to give up on exercise. Move more! Think of a couple of ways you can add a little more movement to your life. A few yoga stretches? A simple weight routine? Some bouncing on a mini-trampoline? And, if the weather permits, get outdoors for a walk. Start listening for the birds and watching the squirrels hunting out acorns and nuts. Look closely at trees and shrubs and you’ll see those tight buds emerging and stems starting to “green up” just a bit. Revel in the freshening feeling.
Stir the seeds and sprout--Lisabeth