Spring Training? Spring Cleaning? A New Perpsective.

Spring Training? Spring Cleaning? A New Perpsective.

Ahhh Spring! Such a beautiful time of year. There are examples of renewal and rebirth all around us in nature and it is as energizing as it is amazing!

Many of us often tend to personalize this time of year as an opportunity to create some kind of transformation within our lives. This is why we commonly hear terms like “spring training” or “spring cleaning”.

Spring training for the everyday person (as opposed to those in MLB☺) typically refers to the desire to initiate or re-initiate an exercise routine in preparation for the upcoming summer season.

Spring cleaning, on the other hand, generally refers to the annual deep cleaning one may take on for their home this time of year.

Let’s take a look at perhaps a different way to make use of these common terms…

Spring Training

Let the focus be training your mind as well as your body. For starters, nothing is quite as powerful as calming or “quieting” the mind to give us a reprieve from the non-stop invasion of not-so-helpful thoughts we all tend to contend with each day. So, if you don’t yet have a consistent, daily meditation practice in place, there’s no better time than now! There are so many types of meditation you can explore…guided, focused attention, vipassana, mantra, zazen, metta, etc. But, even if it’s for 5 minutes per day, just commit to finding a quiet place where you can settle in to a restful position, close your eyes and take some deep breaths. I can promise it will serve you well and, perhaps in time, you can start adding a couple minutes every couple of days to extend this gift you can give yourself.

Another way to train your mind is to focus on make small shifts in perspective on a daily basis. Just pay more attention to how you react in various situations. When the feeling that accompanies your response doesn’t feel good, take another look at the situation. Can you see it from a different perspective and perhaps even find something to appreciate within it? So much that happens around us is outside of our control but what happens within us is very much in our control. We can control our perspective which will dictate our thoughts which will then determine our emotions in any moment. As Viktor Frankl said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” Start to make wiser choices that will feel better and serve to make you stronger. As with most things, it gets easier the more you do it. So, start your Spring Training today!

Spring Cleaning

Giving your home a thorough cleaning can be very therapeutic; so, you can certainly tackle that in the upcoming days and receive great benefit. But, two other things come to mind for me when I think about the kind of spring cleaning I want to invite you to join me in taking on.

  • Declutter: The invitation here is to simplify your routine. Take a look at how you’re spending the hours and minutes of your day. They are precious so I encourage you to ask 2 questions…

1.  Do my actions match what matters to me? For example, if your #1 priority is time with your family yet you find yourself spending most of your days doing time robbing tasks, whether they be work-related, house-related, etc, it’s time to take a look at how you might be able to declutter by releasing some of the tasks that don’t have as much meaning as time with your loved ones would.

2.  Am I finding “flow” every day? Flow is described as “being so absorbed with what one is doing in the moment, he/she loses track of space and time”. When you can make it a priority to fit opportunities for flow in your day, you will find that you have more moments when you are fully present…what a gift! For some, they experience flow through exercise, gardening, reading, painting, practicing yoga, etc. The list goes on and it’s really different for everyone. If you don’t know what brings you into a “flow state”, the invitation is to start experimenting! Here’s a quick 1-min clip on finding flow if you ever need a quick reminder.

  • Detox: Sure, a dietary detox can be hugely beneficial; but, I’m talking about a life detox! Studies show we are a product of our environments; so, this is a great time to take stock of the external circumstances and people in our lives who are toxic to us. If there is a part of your routine…a place you go or person you cross paths with, for example, that drags you down, takes steps toward at least lessening your exposure to it if not removing it all together. Remember it’s your responsibility to be the guardian of your energy. You don’t owe anyone anything and you get to decide how you’re going to spend your time in this precious life you’ve been given. Choose wisely, my friend. Try to engage mostly in situations and with people who lift you up. I know this can be easier said than done; but, your worth the bit of self-inquiry necessary to see if there are some toxins that could be removed from your experience.

So, this spring, you can choose to take on the traditional challenges or perhaps consider these new invitations you now have before you. The most important thing is that you start to become aware of the opportunities you may have to make small shifts in your life that will serve to make you stronger, healthier and happier. You deserve it!

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Together, we are Stronger. Together and Aligned, we are Limitless!

 

Kimberly Spreen-Glick

Kimberly is an ERYT as well as YACEP with Yoga Alliance. She has had the privilege of teaching, coaching and speaking all over the world in the fitness/yoga/wellness arena for 25+ years and was named the 2015 IDEA Program Director of the Year. Kimberly co-created EMPOWER! events and is the founder of Karma Warriors, a community created to inspire people to remember that they always have a choice – they can always choose love. She has also founded the heart-centered Make A Difference Academy, designed to support the success and fulfillment of yoga and group fitness teachers.