Spring Into a New Mindset

By: Connie Cook | On: April 17, 2013
Spring Into a New Mindset

Welcome everyone to what is now spring time.
 
For some that hopefully means spring cleaning, as in “out with the clutter” (you know that pile of magazines in the corner, old bills you meant to file crammed in the kitchen drawer and that stray, matchless sock (or two) hibernating with the dust bunnies between the wall and the dryer, ewwwh!).
 
For others, it means Spring Break, that amazing time back in our youth that gave us the illusion of pure freedom as we delighted in a week-long blur of beaches and booze.  These days, it’s a little different. Now we’re just happy to have time to sip a smoothie with the window rolled down while we dart from the dry cleaners to the bank on our lunch break.
 
And for a select mischievous few, a spring fling is in order. A short-lived romance complete with warm fuzzy feelings and passionate kisses, romantic dinners, a small disagreement here and there, walks in the park, running late for a date, slight annoyances, making up, more passionate kisses, missed calls, lame excuses, “it’s not you it’s me”, then on to someone else, oh well,  c’est la vie.
 
Whatever your definition of the season, spring definitely signifies rebirth and renewal.  It’s a perfect time to embrace life and take a peek at where you are in yours and make sure you are living up to your full potential by striving to be the best you can be every day. That sounds cliché, but if you do your best, who can possibly ask more of you?
 
We are all capable of so much more than we realize. With the pressures of this world it’s sometimes easy to feel inadequate, inferior or imperfect, but the truth of your genuine capabilities always resides within yourself. No one knows you better than you, so take some time to slow down, focus and get re-acquainted with yourself and how you live in this world. Evaluate where you are and invigorate yourself with new direction if you need it.
 
Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our lives we run though our workouts in a hurry and then check them off our “to do” list. While a quick vigorous workout might release enough endorphins to make you feel an immediate rush of accomplishment, by slowing down and focusing on your mind as well you can truly integrate your whole body into the process and become more mindful of your actions.
 
One way to calm your mind is with a guided meditation class. Meditation is a technique you can use any time and place to still your mind and restore peace and harmony within yourself. It’s a great way to put things into perspective. You are what you think, so you should think as clearly and as positively as possible.
 
Another way to integrate your mind and body is through yoga. Yoga teaches you to focus on breathing while you hold the poses, which creates an all over calming effect. In yoga, you “surrender” to the pose by letting go of the tension. Once you learn to use yoga breathing, stress and anxiety can be dissolved in any situation from the dentist’s chair to being stuck in traffic.
 
Take a journey of mindfulness this spring and reap the rewards of finding clarity in your life. Learn to find your zen within and you’ll be able to better cope with the curveballs life may throw your way.
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