Spring Time

Spring Time

First off, I have a book recommendation: Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown.

Buy it, borrow it from a friend, check it out from the library – it’s a gentle and inspiring piece of work that is rooted in nature, and offers tools for building paths toward environmental and social justice. 

Secondly, I had the opportunity to write a guided meditation when a friend asked me to prepare something, to welcome in the season change, for a Spring dinner hosted at their home. I was honored to be asked, and it was a joy to spend some time writing and considering Spring. 

Not surprisingly, this book and this request met each other in my journal. The resulting meditation, on transitioning into Spring, is drawn from concepts in Emergent Strategy (seriously, go read it). I hope you get something out of it, it was a joy to write.

“…the combination of adaptation with intention…This is the process of changing while staying in touch with our deeper purpose and longing.” Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy, 2017

*Sit or lay down comfortably. Notice your breath with each inhale and exhale.*

 Two things that will always happen are change and adaptation. 

Two things you can always develop, in response, are intention and partnership. 

You can do this by setting clear intentions, as your guides, and inviting the seasons in as your partners – inviting Spring in as your partner. 

When naming and setting clear intentions remember that clear does not mean simple, realistic, easy, or small. Clear means specific and descriptive. 

Name your life’s intentions – rename your dreams as your intentions, let them be big and complex, full and layered. 

Hold them on your breath with each inhale and exhale. 

At this edge of Spring, rather than rushing forward, take time to transition. 

Thank the Winter. Thank Winter for its quiet, so you could hear your own voice. Thank Winter for its darkness, so you could see your own light. Thank Winter for its cold, so you could feel your own warmth. Thank Winter, now. You’ll meet it again next year. 

All the adjustments and shifts and accommodations you made in response to winter – thank them too, for their service toward your life’s intentions. 

Now, invite Spring in as your partner and respond in alignment to your intentions. Let every adjustment and shift and rescheduling be in alignment with your intentions. 

Welcome in Spring’s light, warmth, and softness. Let them be reflections of your own awareness and potential, your own abundance and gratitude. 

Breathing into Spring - inhaling and exhaling.

Breathing into Spring’s sounds and smells and blossoms.

Breathing into Spring - inhaling and exhaling.

In the thick of it

In the thick of it

Grounding down

Grounding down