Spring is here! What a great time to reflect and celebrate the beginning of a new season and all of the possibilities that it brings! While celebrating can sometimes involve indulging in our favorite meal or treating ourselves to the latest shoes or gadget, here are some cost-free, spiritually rich ways to usher in this new life season and celebrate by BEING:
Be still – often taken for granted, being still allows us to reflect and focus on where we are and how we got here. Being still may involve prayer, meditation or just focusing on breathing. In such a fast-paced society, breathing is one resource that is free and accessible to most everyone. When done correctly, breathing can be very healing and has been found to have several health benefits. Breathing can also provide clarity for moving forward.
Be present – regardless of our circumstances in life, being present allows us to fully experience all that is happening around us. Take the time to engage in life’s simplest pleasures: the smell of Spring, the sound of children playing on the playground, the taste of a new recipe. These are the moments that remind us of the simplicity of joy
Be kind – none of us exist in isolation. We can all benefit by taking regular inventory of our interactions with others. How are you passing on your blessings to others? We all have something, whether tangible or not, that can benefit others. Paying it forward through our interpersonal relationships as well as serving our community reminds us that we are part of a larger whole. Besides celebrating is best when shared, right?
Be open – you never know which doors will lead you to your next journey. Imagine the possibilities if fear didn’t exist – fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of embarrassment, etc. By challenging ourselves to take a chance by doing one thing that we are scared to do i.e. attend an event where we fear we don’t belong, inquire about an opportunity we fear we don’t deserve, or write a guest post that we fear we aren’t qualified to write (!), we open ourselves up to possibilities with unknown paths. Despite the immediate outcome, being open allows us to broaden our experience which can only further prepare us for future opportunities.
Be Blogalicious – in honor of the 5th anniversary of Blogalicious, be still, present, kind and open while supporting digital diversity and join dozens more like-minded folks in Atlanta this October for a celebration like no other!
How are you celebrating the change in seasons? How do you practice being still, present, kind and open?