Springtime (1872) Claude Monet
Why is it that with the arrival of Springtime I suddenly believe it’s a fine idea to weave flowers into my hair? The same force of nature that causes the awakening of seeds into new growth, the return of birds arcing through the blue skies, and the pale green budding on trees also inspires our hearts to leap outside their confining winter-boundaries.
Equinox means “equal night” when the sun is positioned above the equator, and day and night are about equal in length all over the world; after that the days grow longer than the nights. The equinox brings light, and warmth, and something “in the air” that transforms so many of us into softened, more tolerant, more carefree versions of ourselves.
Even when it’s not Spring, there are ways to revitalize. Lilly Pulitzer wrote, “Despite the forecast, live like it’s Spring.” But with the vernal equinox just ahead, it’s interesting to consider what more we can do to renew ourselves, shed our burdens, and live with a lighter heart. Do you need a way to renew yourself this Springtime? Ways to start fresh?
- Take walks—spend time outdoors… and BREATHE.
- Begin something new—like a cooking class or learning a foreign language or planting a garden.
- Simplify—start with your home, your paperwork, your priorities.
- Do something whimsical, out of character, and delightful. Emily Dickinson wrote, “A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.”
- Travel with family and friends—revive happiness and fun in your relationships by going somewhere new together.
- Learn to meditate—Transcendental Meditation effortlessly refreshes your mind, body, emotions and spirit. Every day, twice a day. Three hundred and sixty-five days a year. Every time a woman sits down and begins the TM practice, her mind settles to a state of deep silence from where inspiration arises. Her body simultaneously experiences profound relaxation, reducing anxiety, stress and fatigue, and invigorating her. Emotions are balanced and life can begin anew—fresher, lighter and happier.
Jess Ly of Orange County, California, wrote this about her experience of Springtime renewal:
I recall that in my college days I would happily sing and play in the rain. Others thought I was out of my mind, but I didn’t care. I was present and merrily dancing along like the actors in the movie “Singin’ in the Rain.” I can still vividly remember the water washing over me and instilling that sense of calm and vitality that only Mother Nature can provide….
Like California, I’ve experienced my own personal drought of creativity and inspiration. I felt starved for any ideas and was withering away as they eluded me year after year. There wasn’t much verve to speak of, and chronic stress began to not only stunt my emotional and spiritual growth, but it affected my physical well-being. That stage of my life was arid and lackluster and my spirit started to wilt. I knew I needed some means to rid me of this creative famine.
Then spontaneously, like life that seeks to expand itself, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique came like the rain and gave me such a natural and effortless way to restore vitality. This experience of renewal and awakening was akin to Mother Nature at her very best—delivering April showers to bring May flowers — that with the right nourishment, even what appears barren will magically spring back to life (both literally and figuratively).
I started experiencing calm within and creativity flourished with the elimination of stress and its related emotions of fear, anxiety, frustration, and worries. I was gently liberated from the incessant mind chatter and felt really free for the first time. What replaced the noise was a tremendous feeling of love and peace—and a silent source of possibilities. I know now, after years of regular daily meditation, the growth that comes from TM can be as astounding as it is natural, much like the wonderment of rainfall!
Every one of us has the potential to bloom in creativity, joy and love. The seeds of all our future bliss are within us now. As Glenda (the good witch) in the Wizard of Oz told us: You’ve always had the power, my dear—you just had to learn it for yourself.
Janet Hoffman is the executive director of TM for Women Professionals In the United States