Spring Registry is here!
Greetings Joyful Journeyers,
We’re embarking on Week 12 of 2016 and also a new season. In the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox heralds spring. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “the word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning ‘equal night.’ All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal. On this day, the Sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west.”
In spite of the fact that snow is predicted to fall in the Northeastern United States on the first day of spring, it is set to arrive on Sunday, March 20th, at 4:30am, UTC (GMT). For our friends in other regions, I invite you to apply the seasonal gift registry to your anticipated season.
I started the idea of a self Gift Registry at the beginning of each season. The gifts are experiential and earn you as many Enchanted Keys as possible. Here’s how it works: You set aside some time to quiet yourself and meditate on the upcoming season. Make it approximately twenty minutes. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the season. Then you schedule moments to experience these things on the calendar so you feel abundant at the close of the season. Grant yourself Enchanted Keys: Mindfulness, Altered Perceptions, Journaling, Sensory Experiences, Reduced Clutter, Humor, Movement, Art, Nature, and Meditation.
Meditation: Find a comfortable position. (Preferably at the base of a tree.) Take a few deep, cleansing breaths and exhale fully. As your physical body relaxes, envision your own picture of spring. You might see yourself gardening, viewing little worms wiggling in the rich, dark soil. Notice the appearance of ladybugs, buds on the branches, the delicate cherry blossoms, the emergence of green grass and birds. The daffodils and crocuses jump up to delight us from what has been the cold, barren ground. Robin’s blue eggs contrast the brown of their nests. Look up at the sky to enjoy the color-washed hues of the season and the wispy clouds. Maybe your excitement is felt from the start of baseball season.
Let your sense-memory shift to the sounds of spring that bring you joy, laughter or peace. For me, it’s birdsong that urges the now colorful landscape to life. Tree frogs begin their croaking night sounds in spring.
Drift to the smells of the season. There is freshness to the air. Many people associate scents connected to holidays that occur in this season. It can smell like Passover or Easter, with all of the foods that hold sweet memories for us.
Taste the season. Maybe you align with matzos and maror or chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps. Do you savor the taste of spring vegetables or the flavor riot of sugary jellybeans? Let yourself recall whatever rejoins you to the season.
Touch or textures might include the smooth or knobby seeds of your garden-to-be. Maybe you have stroked the soft fur of baby bunnies, lambs, or chicks.
Spring ends as summer begins this year on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Take yourself to the end of the season and consider what you will have missed if you don’t experience it. Then make a plan to do those things. Schedule them on your calendar or the Dragons will make you forget you ever dreamt of them.
Please post your comments on The Enchanted Blog about what’s on your calendar to savor. You may spark beautiful memories for another Journeyer with your sharing.