Spring is almost over in Portland!
It’s only fitting to burst out of the bubble of winter conservation mode and be an active part of the world around us. Everywhere I look, I see insects waking up, flowers blooming, trees leafing out, rainbows across the blue-grey rain clouds, birds signing their spring song.
This winter was a major time of hibernation and rejuvenation for me, where I completely turned inward and made my inner life, my health and my home the highest priority. As soon as March came around, I knew it wouldn’t be long until that feeling of cocooning transformed into cabin fever. Through April and May, these feelings just multiplied!
Here are some things learned to help me get into spring mode.
Get into Nature
Everything is growing out there, and it’s so exciting! It’s near impossible to watch the daffodils bloom and the cherry blossoms flower and NOT feel happy.
Spring is a most special time for gardeners, although it can be quite busy with all the planning and execution. Just walking around the green house go me in the spring mood, even though I didn’t by anything.
Eat Fresh with the Season
Greens like kale, watercress, chard, dandelion greens and bok choy have are fresh right now, and have just the right hint of bitterness to change things up. That bitter flavor is important for the liver and gallbladder, which help with detoxification and elimination to clear out the residues from a heavy rich comfort foods a lot of us gravitate towards during the winter season.
In times past, people ate preserved meat and starchy root veggies during the winter as they were the easiest to store. Come spring, people would often fast for a week (the pagan precursor to Lent) and then eat the fresh wild greens new growth like nettle, wild leeks, dandelion, chicory, chickweed, poke and asparagus.
Exercise, as many people know, is key to building energy and vitality. Don’t go crazy and overdo it. Just get moving in any way that feels good to you. It can be an afternoon walk around the neighborhood, a 2-song dance party, a weekend hike or a bit of yoga.
Last week I went to a park and had a blast playing on the playground. Yes, I am an adult who still swings and play on the monkey bars. I also tried an Acro Yoga class, full of cartwheels, somersaults and handstands. Afterwards my body felt so good to move and stretch. it was 2 hours of pure fun and happiness.
Spring is often associated with creativity, and it’s not hard to see why. New growth and birth is rampant. It’s a new beginning. Crafts are good at anytime of the year, but I think those with an artistic bent or expression, like drawing, poetry or playing music are especially fun.
Every April I feel inspired to read poetry and jump into my old favorite fantastical novels. I put aside the references and non-fiction that I consume all fall and winter and let myself experience the joy of the written word.
I am so pleased to be at a place where I am blogging and posting photos again! Everything around me seems more inspirational then ever, and I am excited to share them yet again.