“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow.
The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.”
― James Clear, Atomic Habits
As I write this, we’ve just had a few blissful, unexpected days of sunshine. It was easy to sit up and notice the early mornings becoming lighter, delicate snowdrops peeking through the hard winter soil and the sound of birdsong all around.
It didn’t last long and by the weekend, the skies had clouded over, reminding us that we’re still in winter.
However, there’s an air of promise and anticipation. A whisper of hope and awakening.
We’re slowly approaching the next season junction that connects the end of a season and the beginning of the next – but we’re not quite there yet and it’s not to be rushed.
However, we can use this as a gentle reminder to simply notice the subtle changes within the season and the promise that nothing is static, no matter how never-ending a situation may seem.
I try to take it as a gentle reminder to embrace letting go of the outcome and be open to the present.
We cannot control the world around us but we can learn to be present, to be awake in our senses, making it easier to go with the ebb and flow of life.
These days we’re often far removed from our bodies and our natural rhythms.
Tara Brach describes how we’re leaving our body through ‘obsessive thinking, judgement and then all the habits of distracting numbing and we know them – the consumer habits.’ So much of it is online and it can become an addiction.’
When we’re controlling our experience, we’re not experiencing our life.
This time in between seasons is where we prepare to let go of habits that supported us during the winter and slowly awaken to the potential and vitality of spring.
Winter asks us to slow down, to rest, to appreciate comforting, nourishing foods that sustain us through the cold months
These days, when the sun begins to shine, you may notice you’re feeling sluggish or perhaps rusty inside (a dear friend described this so well!) – that messy middle between winter and spring wrestling with the desire to move more, to change your diet, to be outside, to feel better in your body.
Spring will ask us to awaken, to shake off what we no longer need, and make space for something new.
What ideas, visions or dreams are whispering to you and ready to come to life?
Everything we value requires us to be awake in our senses. Think of love, creativity, freedom, wisdom. It all arises out of our capacity to feel, to be really at home and awake in our body.
This is an invitation to explore the pathway back to full embodiment and to live your most whole-hearted and generous self. A complete spring season offering inspiration, guidance, and caring support as you walk alongside a beautiful community of compassionate women who share similar values.
I’d love you to join me. Are you ready to breathe easier and to begin again?