3 Ways to Gracefully Transition from Winter To Spring
March 14, 2017
Change is constant, but no transition seems as dramatic and welcomed as the one from winter to spring. Nature and humanity unite in the process waking up and stepping out of place of stagnancy and quiet and toward one of growth and renewal.
Depending on where you live, your transition from Winter to Spring may feel painfully slow or overwhelmingly fast. I live in the midwest, where it snowed two days ago and was 8 degrees this morning. If the forecasters are correct, all the snow will melt tomorrow and I’m sure I’ll see people in shorts. It’s a confusing time, to say the least.
It’s important to navigate this change mindfully. By doing so, you can create a really lovely, nurturing relationship with all the various changes and transitions, not just those that occur with the seasons. The following tips are great for any kind of transition.
1. Meditate regularly: This one seems like a no-brainer. But it’s not always practiced as much as one would think. Take time each morning, preferably, to sit with yourself and note your own feelings and experiences. Start with five, simple minutes. The hardest part is just doing it. Once you’re there, work on creating a safe space for yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling without trying to change it. This nonjudgemental approach can help move you through and past any stagnant thoughts or feelings.
2. Move gently and often: You don’t have to go to an hour-long yoga class or a week-long retreat to get moving. Though, we’re here to help with the latter, whenever you ready to take your practice to the next level. A few twists, forward folds and side bends every morning will send the message to your nervous system that you’re safe, you’re mobile and you’re ready to face your day, no matter how transitional it may be.
3. Drink warm beverages: The weather might be heating up where you are, but don’t drop the hot beverages and switch right over the cold ones. Allow your body to acclimate to the change with a warming beverage. Keep it simple: peppermint or chamomile will do. Or you could try to make some yummy golden milk (rice milk, a few cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, ginger root and turmeric root).
There are many more things you could do to navigate your transitions, but there’s a lot of value in keeping it simple.