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What to do now that it's Spring

Updated: Jun 23, 2018

The Spring Equinox marks the official start of spring. The earth begins to awake from its slumber. It's a movement toward longer days and warmer weather. It's a time of change. Here's a look at some things you can do to transition with the season.

Watch the world wake up.

The grass changes color. The flowers bloom. Animals are born and grow up. These slow, gradual processes happen once a year. Give yourself the opportunity to practice mindfulness by being fully present with the moment and savoring it before it passes by.

Get rid of all that stuff you haven't used.

Spring is a time of transition and shedding the heaviness of winter. Why not shed some unused possessions? We just finished winter. Did you use all your winter gear? Does the stuff you didn't use bring you real joy or will you use it again? If not, take this opportunity to get rid of it and practice aparigraha, or nonpossessiveness. You can pass it on to a friend, donate it, or sell it for a little extra cash.

Waterproof your outdoor gear.

You know the saying, "April showers bring May flowers." Due to the warm air from the equator mixing with the still cool air from the north, spring is a historically wet season. So prepare for what will come --- the rain. Think rain jackets for yourself, rain flys for backpacks and tents, waterproof bags, and treating your leather (especially your shoes).

Head outside.

With the days getting longer and warmer, it's the perfect time to move out of the winter hibernation. So hop into a kayak or canoe, step onto a trail, or pedal on a bike. Inside activities can be taken outdoors too --- cooking, eating, sleeping, and yoga. You can even try a Yoga Hike, a combination of yoga, hiking, and snack time with friends.

Whatever you choose to do, be present and enjoy it. Do it on purpose. Breathe it in, and let it fill you up.

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