Three Weeks Of Mindfulness Medicine For You
9 ways to be mindful in the spring and make the most of the season…in three installments :)
Springtime brings the arrival of warmer weather, lighter nights and the promise of new life all around us – embrace the new season by adding some fresh activities to your mindful routine.
After a long dark winter, it’s uplifting to see shoots of green poking through the earth and new flowers blooming in the garden. As the natural world seems to re-awaken around us, take a few moments to consider how you can refresh your mindful practice.
Longer days and more time spent in the sunshine provide a natural mood boost and getting outdoors – which becomes much easier as the weather warms up – is the perfect antidote to lingering winter blues.
Spring has always been a time for renewal. When we take stock and refresh. We’ve put together a list of all our favourite ways to do just that.
Implement these three mindfulness practices into your week, week by week will give you a cleared mind, and happier life.
1. Mindful baking
The smell of baking is a real tonic that will help restore your inner calm. In fact, studies have shown that baking has many therapeutic qualities and can help to relieve stress. The tactile nature of baking in particular can help you reconnect with the moment you are in.
Baking can be therapeutic on many different levels – the mindful actions of mixing the ingredients and allowing the magic to happen, it can be a chance to clear your mind and enjoy some time to meditate. And once it’s baked you have a tasty reward to tuck into.
2. Spring wandering
Now the weather’s a little warmer and the days are a bit longer, put a spring in your step and head out for a stroll to dispel those winter blues. Gentle exercise can have positive effects on body, mind and soul – benefitting your heart and making you fitter after the winter months when many of us go into hibernation mode.
One of the benefits of walking at this time of year is the wonderful swathes of spring-flowering bulbs – daffodils, crocuses and of course bluebells. Look out for the most welcoming signs of spring as you go.
3. Flower arranging
The sight of fresh flowers on the kitchen table is always a welcome one, so why not gather together your favourite blooms and make beautiful displays to welcome the arrival of a brighter season too? Tulips, peonies and freesias are all springing to life.
Pick up a selection of your favourites and add foliage trimmed from your own garden …. or the grocery store making a quiet moment to place flowers together in a vase will give you time to appreciate all the wonders of the natural world and is sure to have a brightening effect on both your home and your mood.
1.Beautiful bird song
At this time of year, the birds seem to be at their busiest, building nests and staking out their territory – along with that comes an increase in spirit-lifting birdsong. If the weather permits, find a quiet spot in your garden to sit and listen to the comings and goings of our feathered friends.
Close your eyes and combine it with a spot of mindful meditation to relax and de-stress.
You could even record the tweets and twitters and play it back later to remind yourself of your moment of calm in the garden.
2. Watching the sunset
To simply sit in silence and watch as the day melts away and the sky turns to a wash of yellows and oranges with the setting of the sun is a humbling experience.
Studies have shown that awe-inspiring experiences, like a first spring sunset, help us get into a mindful mood and improve our wellbeing. They make us feel as though time is slowing down and can even help with decision-making, so why not head out at dusk and watch one of nature’s greatest shows?
The repetitive nature of painting with watercolours… or any paint…dipping your brush into water, depositing it onto paper, touching the brush onto the palette to deposit the paint, rinsing your brush, then repeating and mixing in the palette until the desired colour is created – can have a soothing effect on the mind.
Zone out and focus on nothing but your brushstrokes, creating some gorgeous artwork for your home at the same time. Don’t judge yourself …just play!