Spring has well and truly arrived in the northern hemisphere. It's an amazing time of year. Nature has started bursting into life with new vitality and growth, after the seemingly endless winter darkness.
Dormancy is a regular part of the nature's life cycle that affects us all. Some species take longer than others to waken after the long winter sleep.
Each of us, at one time or another, experiences periods of low energy, relative quiet and inactivity. On the surface it appears that nothing is happening. Everything is just the same old, same old. Meanwhile everyone else seems to be getting their gig together.
We can feel frustrated about this; even fearful. We worry that we're lagging behind; that things are spiralling downwards; that we're out of control - and that we'll stay permanently stuck and powerless.
Dormancy is different from death
Dormancy is not a bad thing. In fact it is a necessary process for nearly all living species, in order that we can flourish and survive.
As long as we live and breathe, staying in a permanently stuck state isn't what nature intended for us.
Animals hibernate. Trees and plants appear to wither and die back. And yet, while imperceptible to the naked eye, growth and re-generation are happening. Constantly.
Beneath the surface, it's all going on, in preparation for the season ahead.
And each year, Spring does come around, again and again, with all its miraculous predictability!
In recent months, you too may have felt the need to withdraw, look inwards and let things roll for a while. It's only natural.
Now, with more sunlight in our days, our energy levels are higher; and our capacity to create increases. We have renewed impetus to give life to our ideas and possibilities.
Whether your considering a new business, a new home, a new career, or another major lifestyle change, this is a perfect time to re-awaken from the winter sleep.
What if you're not yet ready to blossom?
Entering willingly into a temporary period of dormancy can help.
Dormancy doesn't mean doing nothing. It means slowing down, taking care of your needs in the here and now, and tuning in to what feels right and natural.
Being conscious about how you approach a time like this will help you emerge in a stronger and more sustainable way, perhaps sooner than you imagine.
Here are some tips:
Listen to your body. Look for tension. Anxiety. Exhaustion. Lethargy. Whatever the physical signs, pay attention to what your body needs. This is a sure sign that your mind needs to rest up too. So stop resisting, and give in to self-care – just for a while.
Get out of your box. Walk in nature, run in your park, dance till you drop. Moderate, rhythmic exercise has a meditative effect and will relax you physically and mentally. By bringing stillness to your mind’s chatter you can start to think clearly and allow new ideas to emerge.
Stop beating yourself up. With every self-critical blow, we self-diminish and shrink. And we reduce our power to be creative or productive. Give yourself some slack. You are where you are; it is what it is. There is a valuable lesson to be found in every situation, if you’re willing to look for it.
Trust in the unfolding. A favourite mantra of mine. Tomorrow is always another day. Things do change even without us driving them. Sometimes putting our trust in outside forces at times of uncertainty is a good option.
Allow others to help. Feel like you have to do everything yourself? It’s one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves. Being strong and capable just makes us miserable and overworked. It starves the relationships that are important to us and denies us much needed support. The right help is out there if we just let it in.
The Discover Your Path With Mindful Walking retreat, happening in June, offers a special opportunity to take valuable time out to relax, reflect and open up to new possibilities for the year ahead. It will be nurturing, enlightening - and fun! And we'd love to have you there.