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Activating Truth…Connecting to Self, Soil and Society.

Hello Love,

The spring days are in full bloom and my heart is filled with gratitude and certainty as we transition into a period which shall provide us with a deep understanding for what is next for on a personal, professional and emotional level.

Our eagle eyes and our warm heart shall lead us every step of the way. As our feet dig into the earth and ground us before we make our next move. Taking time to play in the garden shall inspire laughter and creativity while we let our troubles melt away.

SELF: Reconnecting with you…

What have you been waiting for?

Deep breaths as we move forward after a period where communication was lead astray. Many felt the emotional turbulence on one level or the next. As we make our next move into a period of time which shall be filled with many magical days.

A brief pause during this transition shall lead us all forward with clarity and understanding of the vision we do wish to hold onto. Taking time to reconnect with our inner voices shall realign US with the TRUTH that stands within all of US.

Deep heart breaths releasing the tension, fear and the disconnect shall unify our voices in the truth. While we shed old ideals and perceptions…welcome in the most powerful force, LOVE, to lead us home on this most magical day.

Soil: The Flowers are Blooming…

the magic of the garden

Stillness at the Break,
of a New Day.
A breath of air,
Leading the way.

Illusions melt
What would you trade?
For Freedom to Roam,
Laugh and Play.

Devour the landscape
Resurrect the
Memories which have
Begun to fade.

The flower nourishes
the purity, the sanctity
and the remembrance
of the divine fragrance.

Dancing within US…
Simplicity rises with
the warmth of a flame.

Igniting the perfection
the magic unfolds
in every direction.

Society: Breaking the RULES.

The Dalia Lama said, "Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly." We took his advise and climbed on statues, ran through the fountain, and ate from the public garden in Scottsdale, Arizona last week. The laughter and the joy that filled all our hearts exceeded the number of glares and scolding remarks we received. Please share with me the rules you like to break, email them to me at suzanne@omtoro.com.

.Truth in LOVE! In Service with love, laughter and peace, Suzanne Toro xoxoxox

Enjoy the Fragrance of Lilacs This Season

One of the loveliest sights and scents of springtime is the  lilac. In the language of flowers, lilacs symbolize wisdom, young love and remembrance. Lilac’s floral scent is used to promote harmony and increase mental abilities and invokes long forgotten emotions.

Lilac (Syringa species) is a member of the Oleaceae  (Olive) Family. According to Greek mythology, a beautiful nymph named Syringa  (Lilac’s genus name) had captivated, Pan, the god of the forests and fields, with her beauty. Pan chased Syringa through the forest. Syringa escaped Pan’s attention by turning herself into a lilac bush with the assistance of some nearby nymphs. Pan realized he was holding reeds instead of Syringa. His sighs combined with the wind and reeds made harmonious sounds. Hermes (aka Mercury) suggested that, seven reeds of different lengths bound together could make pan pipes, which were called Syrinx in honor of the nymph. Syringa also means "Hollow tube; tubular shape, pertaining to the shape of the flowers". Although not hollow, lilac twigs can be easily drilled out to make flutes and pipe stems. Vulgaris, the species name, means common.

Lilac blossoms are edible, though they smell better than they taste, so use in small amounts. A springtime delight is to make a lilac cold-water infusion.  Simply fill a glass pitcher with fresh  (unsprayed of course) lilac blossoms. Fill to the top with spring water. Allow to steep for an hour. Strain before serving in glasses.   Drink in the beauty and aroma. Scatter a few lilac blossoms on fresh green salads. The blossoms can be candied and preserved to decorate desserts later in the year. The lilac shrub, native to Eurasia is deciduous, and incredibly cold hardy, long lived and bears many fragrant flowers, usually in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees moths and butterflies. Lilac thrives in most soils, including chalk, but dislikes acid soils. Its preference is a well-drained alkaline loam in a warm sunny position. It is usually found growing in hedges, woodlands, and in dappled shade.

Move a bench in a position where you can sit, relax and breathe in the sweet aroma. Though the perfumed flowers are short-lived, the shrub itself has outstanding longevity and known to outlive many a human.

 Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over forty years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Hollyhock Retreat Center, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman Holistic College of Nutrition and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of twelve books, including The Sexual Herbal, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, Healing Herbal Teas, and Rawsome!. Click here for more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com.

Check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at www.rainbeaumars.com
 

 

 

Season’s Eating! A Regional Guide To Spring Produce

 As much as I love the bounty of Pink Lady apples and sweet potatoes at fall and winter farmers’ markets, I still count the days until spring’s produce bounty arrives. Seeing the piles of olive-green asparagus and the first glimpses of stone fruit like peaches and plums makes me excited for the sunshine—and delicious spring meals—that are sure to follow. 

When navigating the farmers’ market, it helps to know exactly what’s in season to avoid paying higher prices for poorer-quality produce. Not only do seasonal fruit and veggies taste better, but they’re far less expensive, too. Harvest seasons vary within the United States, so what’s ripe in one area might not be elsewhere. For example, artichokes are popping up in the Northeast but have yet to make an appearance on the West Coast. This regional guide to seasonal produce (which is based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Regions and Divisions map) will show you what to look for in your local markets this spring. 

The West
This region includes: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Alaska 

As you might guess with such a large area, there’s some variation between states. On the Pacific side (Washington, Oregon, and California), expect to see asparagus, cauliflower, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, pears, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, spinach, peas, raspberries, strawberries, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums. Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Montana have dormant growing seasons right now, meaning nothing’s being harvested at the moment. (Sorry, guys!) The rest of the states offer potatoes,leafy greens like kale and chard, corn, and asparagus. 

Recipes to trySautéed Mushrooms alla AlliPear PaniniFresh Corn SaladLoaded Potatoes 

The Midwest
This region includes: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, K
ansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio 

Residents here can look forward to cabbage, asparagus, radishes, rhubarb, collard greens, arugula, spinach, cherries, broccoli, leeks, potatoes, beets, strawberries, peas, and turnips. This is also the time to pick up sorrel, a leafy herb that looks like spinach but has a tart, lemonlike taste. It’s great in soups and as a replacement for basil in pesto. 

 
 

Recipes to tryHearty Vegan Split Pea SoupFresh Strawberry PieLinguini with Spinach and Capers,German Red Cabbage 

The South
This region includes: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. 

Berries of all kinds make an appearance in this region in the spring, including blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Also showing up are nectarines, peaches, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, peas, plums, leafy greens (chard, collard, and kale), lima beans, potatoes, cabbage, asparagus, watermelon, okra, lettuce, and mushrooms. Florida has a slightly different fruit selection than anywhere else in the country, offering watermelons and mangoes. 

Recipes to tryMango and Beef (Thai Style)Roasted Green BeansCreamy Cauliflower PuréeEasy Scalloped Potatoes 

The Northeast
This region includes: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island 

Markets in this region carry arugula, carrots, lettuce, onions, radishes, scallions, spinach, strawberries, artichokes, broccoli, peas, and collard greens. Massachusetts is the only state in this region that has a dormant season in the spring. 

Recipes to tryCollard Greens with Hot Pepper SauceSpicy Carrot Ginger SoupLinguine with Spinach and CapersElegant Strawberry Salad 

Regardless of where you live in the country, this spring’s bound to bring a variety of delicious fresh produce to your kitchen. In my opinion, a perfectly seasonal dish, like Blackened Tilapia with Roasted Corn and Baby Spinach or Rainbow Chard Quesadillas, is the perfect way to say goodbye to the dreary winter and hello to the warm, happier days ahead. So what are you waiting for? Get to the market and start celebrating spring! Your taste buds—and wallet—will appreciate the effort. 

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / itsjustanalias



 

Yellow Goddess

The forsythia speaks to us of love and light. Her brilliant yellow says more to us of love than any words can express.

Spring is the time of love, the time of renewal, and the time of rebirth.  Allow yourself to love deeply and be transformed as you get in touch with your compassion for all.

Love is not self centered, but expansive and reaches out into the universe.

Psychic Medium and Inspirational Author Carole Lynne

www.carolelynne.com

www.carolelynnecosmicconnection.com

7 Spring Fruits and Vegetables To Stock Up This Season (With Accompanying Recipe Ideas)

What are your favorite eating rituals that involve spring fruits and vegetables? I love celebrating spring with a fat container of fresh strawberries and eating them immediately after dipping them in hot melted chocolate. Not too original, but absolutely divine every time.

Rejuvenate your body this spring with some healthy new recipes that take advantage of what’s in harvest right now. Celebrate spring by stocking up your kitchen with the following seasonal fruits and vegetables from your local supermarket or farmer’s market–or even your own garden! They will give you all the nutrients you need to enjoy the longer and warmer days ahead.

1. Artichokes. A great source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. I love boiling artichokes until they are tender, and then eating the soft juicy petals with a dip made up of mayonnaise, garlic and lemon juice. The best part is getting right to the succulent heart in the very center. Check out artichoke dipping sauce recipe here.

2. Peas. An excellent source of vitamin C. Versatile and tasty, peas go well with carrots and onion, and would also make a tasty addition to a macaroni-and-cheese dish.  Check out pea croquette recipe here.

3. Radishes. Though radishes are composed of 90 percent water, they contain just as much potassium as bananas. They are also a great source of vitamin C, magnesium and folate. Though commonly used in salads, they can also be used for curry, relish and even as the base for a tart. Check out radish tart recipe here.

4. Strawberries. The most glorious spring fruit. Eating one serving a day can significantly reduce blood pressure. And the uses for them are endless: as ice cream toppings, in a smoothie, with yogurt or the feature presentation of a crumbly fruit pie. Check out 8-minute awesome strawberry jam recipe here.

5. Asparagus. Packed with vitamin K and folate, fresh asparagus with minimal preparation can make any simple meal instantly fancy. Check out asparagus quiche recipe here.

6. Swiss Chard. A tall, leafy and green specimen that is packed with obesity and cancer-fighting nutritions, this vegetable is quite possibly one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat this season. Check out braised swiss chard with feta and currants recipe here.

7. Watercress. This fast-growing, aquatic and perennial plant contains significant amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid, and eating them regularly can decrease risk for cancer. Check out watercress pesto recipe here.

What are your favorite ways to eat spring fruits and vegetables? Share your recipes and ideas with the community by commenting below! 

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The Roots of Happiness: Add More Plants and Flowers To Your Life

Spring resets our internal rhythm rewarding us with physical and emotional energy. I’m an avid gardener, so cleaning out the flower beds, pulling out weeds and pruning the dead wood makes me feel a part of the grand scheme of things. Lately when I meet people, I’m pretty bubbly. “Why are you so happy? Are you taking something?”  I smile and say in a matter-of-fact tone, “I’m looking at shoots and not roots! How can I not be happy? How can you not be happy when you’re above ground?”

Bring in the spring and revitalize your physical and emotional health. This is the best time if you were looking to make a fresh start, but needed an occasion or a celebration as a demarcating point to spring into action. I was upset about the devastation the last storm wreaked on my property. While sitting at my desk, I observed two cardinals building a nest in my evergreen. Cardinals are quite territorial and like to return to the same spot year after year. The male’s red plumage against the intense green of the yew made me smile about the cycle of life destruction and creation.

There is a powerful healing in nature. Potent medications are made from trees and plants. For me nature is grounding. If I feel like I am getting a virus, I go out and touch my garden – it’s as though the earth is drawing out the toxins and some of the flowers have a healing touch to them, a special energy. Other plants warn me to stay away like when I prune Juniper bushes, the sap gives me a rash for about twenty four hours.

The power of plants

* Purify the air in your house with plants especially where you  suspect circulating impurities from heating and air conditioning vents. Plants like Peace Lily, Chinese evergreen, Spider Plant, Gerber Daisy and Ficus have been studied and widely recommended by home inspectors. Plant groupings will collectively humidify dry air.

* Fresh flowers are potent de-stressors and will energize the fatigue right out of you. A bud vase on the kitchen table inspires you to dine instead of gobble, gobble.

* Giving and receiving cuttings, seeds, or bare roots to plant in a pot or garden deepens friendships. Instead of a card I send a friend a packet of seeds to convey a message like “Forget me nots.”

* Planting an herb garden outdoors or on your window sill provides healthy phyto-nutrients to supplement your diet. For example, adding rosemary to chicken or meat neutralizes the toxins of grilling!

If you are experiencing chronic stress, let nature be your psychiatrist. Go outside and take a walk in the light. Being busy is not the route to being better. In nature things happen at the root level slowly and deliberately. Then suddenly, as if by magic everything seems to blossom at once.

How to Guide Your Life with Confluence

Confluence: a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point – or the flowing together of two or more streams. Isn’t that a great word? With the rising swell of Spring, many rivers are literally surging with confluences. And, as the outer world often mirrors the inner process, "confluence" represents a coming together of random moments in your life that are startlingly familiar. It is the mystery that surrounds those funny ‘coincidences’ that bring your life an awakening, or nudge you in a new direction.

If you hear someone’s name mentioned by a friend, see their name in the paper, and then run into them – that is confluence. If you decide you are going to start a new business, bump into someone who can design your business cards, and find a customer within the first week, you guessed it- confluence. These are not random events, but, according to Beverly Sastri, life coach and founder of http://www.beverlysastri.com  Live Like You Mean It", confluence is a cosmic nudge from the Universe offering profound insights – if we are willing to notice them.

Beverly Sastri is a master at seeking out the confluences of life. Like a super sleuth, she helps her clients by listening carefully, and stringing together seemingly insignificant events like puzzle pieces. According to Sastri; "Confluence is more than mere coincidence; it represents a universal gift, providing us with insight to our own intuitive ecosystems. Confluence is the resonating message you see on the billboard, the name that links you to a successful relationship, and the thought that comes to you out of nowhere."

A confluence takes the form of guidance, opportunities and lessons. Maybe it is a chance encounter at a party, or something you see on TV that bores into the core of your being, or a casual interaction with a stranger that leaves an indelible mark. When we race through our lives, those little confluences can be missed, and the lessons offered passed by. Sastri stresses; "Get interactive with your life and look for the metaphors – like Spring – with the new growth and confluence of rivers. There is truth in that! The reason we talk about cleaning and rebirth in the Spring is not just literary license. That is us at a core level, relating to the different ways life is a reflection of everything else."

I have to admit, I am fundamentally suspicious of anyone who calls themselves a "life coach." Coming out of the old school world of management consultants or professional training and development, the surge of the coaching profession seemed like a free-for-all for anyone to take a week long course and suddenly be qualified to give others advice. I have seen plenty of coaches who run on ego alone, and significantly misguide their clients.

However, Sastri’s MBA from Cornell, and her years in working with Fortune 500 companies, coupled with her very "Zen" approach to life stood out from the crowd. I agreed to participate in a 12 session experience and find out what a qualified coach can do with a highly opinionated, skeptical chick like me.

Ahem. I think I am addicted. One of the gifts I learned is the simple act of stopping my ‘Orient Express’ pace, and observing the flow of life from one week to the next. It is amazing how much happens, and how many little gifts of "confluence" are so easily overlooked. Sastri slows down the raging streams, and calls attention to the little river stones that have washed to shore.

One of the tips to recognize a confluence in your life is the "power of three."  If anything comes to you three times – that is a sure sign to pay careful attention. Sastri calls them "door openers," and suggests always following an experience that feels like an open door, instead of beating our hands bloody on the closed ones.

The natural energy of Spring is beckoning, and the creative drive kicks into high gear. Many of us come out of hibernation with pent up energy to start gardening, clearing out closets, painting, writing, or even changing our appearance with a hair cut or new clothes. Use it, and the power of confluence, to set a new goal for anything from weight loss, career change, new hobby, shedding unhealthy relationships, or just being more mindful and gentle with yourself, as the sun melts away the rigidity of winter. Soon the summer laziness will set in, so do it now!

I love watching my crocus, tulips and daffodils poke their heads out of the ground this time of year – and wonder what it would be like to dialogue about a Spring flower’s process of starting to sprout out of the half thawed ground. It is a great mirror of our human process of change and growth. I bet it could be described as painful; "ouch, popping that fresh green shoot out of this hard bulb hurts!" Followed by fear of the unknown; "hey, it’s dark down here! Which way is up?"  Followed by increasing confidence and drive; "Oooh, man, this dirt is hard, but I’m on a roll and can’t stop now!"

Maybe the little shoot even gives up for a time during a sudden Spring snow squall.  But, eventually – a confluence of events happens: a magical warm day comes along where the Earth softens up, the birds start singing their songs, and that tender green shoot triumphantly pops out of the Earth. After that, true growth begins with a fury. The shoots seem to double in size every day, and in no time, blazes of color are everywhere.

Confluence is like that. Life is like that. Have you experienced "confluence" in your life? In what ways? Love to hear your comments below, and Let’s spend the week being a super sleuth of our lives and noticing the inner details. Thanks to Beverly Sastri, who is offering an upcoming http://www.beverlysastri.com/teleseminar/new_teleseminar.htm" for those interested to learn more.

Spring: Time for a Healing (Garden) for Our Kids

 Spring is a time of new beginnings: flowers blooming and seeds blossoming into lush plants that we’ve nurtured and cultivated earlier. Spring can also be a time of renewal for our children – to open their hearts, to share their hopes, and to expand their dreams. We can guide our children toward their right path by helping them connect with their own inner seeds – of peace – of joy – of love. We can teach them how to heal hurts of their personal dark winter – in the present, and from the past. And, we can support our children in developing their potential.

The most potent technique that I have found in my twenty-five years of practice is for children to connect with the healing power of their own imagination. The impact of positive images while in a relaxed state is tremendous. After one group session using the magic garden and healing pond imagery, three boys were relieved of the pain of their stomachache, headache, and canker sore respectively. During another group, an adolescent girl with a pounding headache eliminated her pain without medication, and later successfully taught the simple imagery technique to her friends at school.To inspire you to start incorporating the imagination of the kids you work or live with right away, here are three brief guided journeys. First, use "a rainbow light" to reach a very deep relaxed state; second, bring in "a magic garden" to help grow inner seeds; and third, make use of "a healing pond" to heal physical and emotional hurts. They can be used separately or together, based on your goals with the children. An animal friend (or wizard) is used as a guide and helper, a valuable tool to accessunconscious wisdom. "Gifts" are used as unique ways to receive power and assistance. For example, one 8-year-old girl received the gift of a spiral-moving rainbow to heal her chronic stomach pains, along with rainbow glasses to see her world in a more positive light. Another child received the gift of a golden heart to help him heal the physical heart-breaking pain he experienced during his parents divorce.

If you choose to use the following imageries, you may find your kids feel healthier and happier, while learning to expand their own healing capabilities. You’ll be surprised at what wise answers their inner guides offer, what gifts they receive, and what awareness they develop that can be applied to their everyday world. Use your most soothing, slow voice with soft music in the background if possible. 

 

A RELAXING RAINBOW 

"Allow your eyes to gently close and focus on your breathing … we’re letting all our troubles float away … in beautiful rainbow balloons. Imagine a beautiful colored rainbow floating above your head … the purples and the blues … the greens and the yellows … the oranges and the reds … and maybe some gold and silver…. Notice what colors your special rainbow is…. And as you breathe, this beautiful rainbow grows larger and larger … and starts to gently wash over you … to help you relax…. And to go inside and find that special calm place that waits for you each day." 

You might now suggest the child relax each part of his/her body as the rainbow light moves through. And then….

"As you breathe you are totally safe in the rainbow light … totally safe … totally protected … very, very comfortable."  

CREATING YOUR MAGIC GARDEN

"You find yourself surrounded by the rainbow light as you walk on a special path … there are beautiful rainbow flowers around you … and birds singing…. In front of you is a large stunning gate. It is a gate that leads you to your own magic garden. And there is a key to open this magnificent gate … It’s found under a rock…. Notice whether your key is gold or silver or copper…. The key has your initials carved in it so you know this is your gate and your key…. And one of your special animal friends now appears from around the rock. It is an animal friend that is very wise and very loving, and is here to help you build and grow your magic garden."

At this point have the child enter the gate and create their magic garden. You may suggest any plants, trees, flowers, fruits, etc.

"Anything you want you can plant in this magic garden … You may even plant seeds of peace … and of joy and happiness … and of calmness … or any other qualities you would like to increase or bring in your life … This is your own space … This is a very magical time."

DISCOVERING THE HEALING POND

For the healing pond, you can adjust the message depending if the child has physical or emotional hurts, or if your focus is on building their capabilities. 

"Now there’s a part of this garden that has a wonderful healing pond. So you go over to it … and this too is a magical place. As you step in the water … which is the perfect temperature for you … there is a beautiful long rock … with soft, fluffy moss on it so you can lie with your head out of the water where you’re totally comfortable … And as you lie in the healing waters … they wash over you … and soothe your body … and soothe your feelings … and any pains or tightness melts away … And it’s a wonderful place to be as your garden grows. Your little animal friend has helped prepare some magic healing herbal tea for you so that when you drink it … any sadness or hurts inside your body disappear and melt away … so that all the goodness … and all the health … and all the joy that you deserve now appears."

THE BLOSSOMING OF THE GARDEN

"And when you are ready … step out of the healing pond and dry off … Your garden has turned into the most magnificent magical place that you can imagine. See what you have created … the beauty… the magnificence … everything…. How incredible and important you are for being able to plant seeds that grow to be tall and healthy … just like you are growing. Know that when you take the time to plant seeds … and the time to care for them … wonderful things can grow." 

THE WISDOM OF THE ANIMAL FRIEND

"Your special animal friend points out that there is one very precious flower that is calling to you … and you lean down near the flower and you smell it … it smells wonderful. And notice what color it is … and how big it is … and it’s special shape. And the flower seems to be talking to you and it tells you something very important for you to know now in your life. To help your own magic grow within yourself. To help all the seeds within you … and all your goodness … come out. And when you look inside this flower there is a beautiful gift that springs up toward you … Something to help you remember your own special growth … And to know how wonderfully you’re doing." 

THE RETURN

Now you can lead the child back out of the garden with the suggestion that they can return when they want.

"When you’re ready you’ll come back here … slowly … feeling your body … feeling refreshed and remembering all good things…. remembering that wonderful magic garden … and all the things you grew … and saw … and heard … and felt … remembering everything…." 

If you are assisting a group, you have the option to work interactively with individuals after the guided section. This allows you to receive their feedback and provides them an opportunity to further generate their own ideas, delve deeper into their imagery, or help clarify any questions or concerns with your guidance. If you have been working with one child alone all along, feel free to interact with them throughout their imagery once you know they are quite relaxed.

At the conclusion, you may permit them to continue to rest. Or, you may suggest that the children draw any images that have come up during the imagery and share their experiences. Pictures can reveal what words do not, and the very process of drawing is often cathartic. Sharing with the group is supportive for each other and helps you as the leader notice any areas that still need to be addressed. It is not necessary to have the perfect script, or years of experience for facility with this work. What is important is your sincerity, your respect for the children, and perhaps most significant, is your allowing these kids to touch their natural inner light of love and healing and bring it forth.

Charlotte Reznick PhD is a child educational psychologist, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA, and author of the LA Times bestselling book  The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin, 2009). In addition to her private practice, she creates therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens, and parents, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children’s imagination. You can find out more about her at http://www.imageryforkids.com

Welcome, Spring!

What a glorious day. Spring is in the air and I am loving every minute of it.Spring Flower

As the snow melts, all sorts of treasures are showing up in our yard: The snow shovel that had been missing since December; two or three basketballs; a croquet mallet; a bunch of old newspapers, left moldering in a pile under the mailbox.

Yesterday, I found an unopened Fedex package on the side of the driveway. It turned out to be a DVD that I had ordered for my godson’s birthday back in January. It was quite a relief to finally locate it; I had been working under the assumption that it had been delivered back around Christmas and that I had misplaced it somewhere in the house.

Of course, I had no memory of actually receiving it. That’s the problem. In addition to other peri-menopausal / hormonal lapses, I have totally lost my mind. Or maybe just my memory.

I can’t remember.

I was driving home today, enjoying the sunshine, when a wild turkey dropped out of a tree on the side of the road. I love wild turkeys.  They’re really cool, and rather historical. Did you know Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey would be a better emblem for our country than the bald eagle? He saw the turkey as "a Bird of Courage", while labeling the bald eagle "a Bird of bad moral Character."

Hmm.

As the cars lined up behind me, I watched sixteen turkeys slowly make their way across the road. Yup. Sixteen of them. As the last proud bird flapped its way up into a tree on the far side of the roadway, the traffic eased back into motion. Every driver that I passed going in the opposite direction was grinning from ear to ear.

I guess wild turkeys will do that for you. Or maybe its just spring.

Spring is a time for letting go and a time for new beginnings. As the weather warms, we emerge from our own hibernation and reengage with the world around us.

It might be time to start thinking about doing a cleanse, or maybe some spring cleaning. Is there someone you need to forgive — or some old emotional baggage that you need to release? Take a deep breath of fresh, spring air and get started.

This might be a good time to build some new family habits. January (remember those New Year’s resolutions?) can be a tough time to get motivated, with all the sluggishness of winter slowing you down. For making real, lasting changes in your family’s lifestyle, spring is ideal. 

Maybe find some new ways to enjoy the great outdoors as a family. Start a tradition of Saturday morning bike rides and get your fresh air and exercise at the same time.

As you ease out of the heavy, "comfort" foods of winter, start bringing more raw fruits and vegetables to the family table. Give your digestive track a chance to come out of hibernation, as well.

Start planning a family garden, so that you can enjoy your own harvest in the fall.

Connect with nature. Connect with each other.

Welcome, Spring!

 

Related Posts

For a bit more assistance in connecting with the spirit of the season, see "How Do You Know When It’s Spring?"

If you would like to re-visit your New Year’s Resolutions — or make some brand new, "Spring Resolutions" — see "New Year’s Resolutions, Made Simple."

Recommended Reading

I highly recommend Staying Healthy with the Seasons, by Elson Haas. It is a lovely book, based on the Chinese 5-element theory and walks you through pages and pages of healthful hints for each season of the year. The chapter on spring includes instructions for a simple cleanse, if you are interested in trying one.

Shri ~ is the essence of spring, as found in life affirming music

Shri ~ the essence of spring…  found in music that makes us sizzle, sprouts bursting from a seed, buds unfolding from a tree, smiles giggling from a child and dance pulsating from our souls; with the rhythm of life and fulfillment of desire- we play!

LIve like it’s the first day of spring and the birds are singing, the sun is shining and your life is blooming. 

Fill your life with the essence of spring even on a snowy day or when the sun don’t shine, by getting a playlist that makes you move into stillness and out into the world with beauty. Do what you love, love what you do, and sing and dance while you do it!

Let the beauty you love, be what you do. 

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. 

Rumi

 MY CURRENT MUST PLAY MUSICIANS LIST (all shri filled!): 

MC YOGI

David Newman

Donna DeLorry

Wade Amre Morrisette

Iron & Wine

The Low Anthem

Angus & Julia Stone

Michael Jackson

Cut Circuit

Benjamin Biolay

Carla Bruni

 

 

 

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