“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Today marks the Spring Solstice—the first day of spring—celebrated all across the globe. Cultures from all around the world have rituals and holidays around this time that mark and honour this season of rebirth—Easter, Passover, Ramadan.
Naturally, this is a time of year for renewal and growth. Just as we plant bulbs in our gardens at this auspicious time of year, so too can we seize this opportunity to instil new seeds in our life, and slowly grow into the people we are meant to be. Below is a suggested self-care ritual that will support you to spring out of your old shell and into new experiences. Through this ritual, you can begin cultivating new ways of being that support your inborn capacity for growth and transformation—no matter where you are in your personal journey.
Plant a seed—literally, and figuratively!
Whether you have a big garden, a tiny balcony, or just a windowsill—get your hands into soil and plant some seeds of your favourite plants or flowers. Several studies have documented that soil contains phytochemicals that have anti-depressive effects on human beings—this is a good reason to get your hands dirty. You can also make this activity into a ritual. As you are preparing the plot or the pot, take time to connect with yourself and envision what it is you want to plant in your life. Envision the change you want to see, and take a moment to do a visualization of what your life might actually look life should you begin to bud, or even blossom! Then, as you plant your seed(s), you will also be figuratively planting the seed for the growth you wish to experience. Don’t forget to give ample water and sunlight to your seeds—again, both literally and figuratively!
From all of us at Kerry Moller & Associates
photo: Kristin Horsman