Here on the west coast it seems that winter has just begun with this week’s rain and cold weather, yet Spring is just a couple of weeks away. For most of human existence we humans have lived by the seasons, and changed our habits and rituals to be in alignment with the natural rhythm of each season. It is only in the last 100 years or so that we have pushed against nature in the name of progress. Makes me wonder how much our disconnecting to the natural rhythm of nature is related to the rise in chronic illness, chronic stress, chronic pain? Just something to ponder.
In the spirit of attuning to the natural rhythms of Spring, I have chosen Renewal as the theme for March’s local FibroHaven meeting. Each month we begin our meetings with a theme and write an intention based on our theme on a slip of paper and place it into our sacred jar. Last’s month’s theme of “releasing and letting go” created some powerful intentions of releasing things like fear, stress, self-doubt, weight, limiting beliefs, and much more.
For this month’s theme of Renewal, take a moment and consider what deep and dormant seed within you would like to bring back into bloom? We have all lost connection with pieces of ourselves as we learn to live with our symptoms, and yet they are still there, just waiting for the renewal, the rebirth that comes with winter’s thaw. I invite each of you, whether you come to our meetings or not, to create the intention for that seed within you to grow, and then consider what actions you need to take to bring it to life.
I will share with you my intention is to grow the seed of Self-Love. Because if I cannot love myself, I cannot receive the love of others, or ever truly appreciate my value or purpose. So I will be writing “Self-Love” on my paper that I place in the jar. And the actions I will take are:
- I will speak to myself as I would a child – with pure LOVE
- I will move my body every day, for a minimum of 15 minutes, and no more than serves me
- I will eat the foods that make my body hum
- I will connect to nature everyday and breath in the wisdom of it
- I will forgive myself easily and often
- I will reach out for support when needed
And so it is.
What seeds of your Self do you intend to nurture and grow this Spring?
Valda Garner says
Hi Danette, It’s good to see some of your thoughts on spring and how to focus our efforts. Self-love is certainly a good one. Another effort I want to focus on is using my energy in positive ways to avoid isolation and depression. This focus must be on things other than those persistent symptoms that try to demand all of my attention. One way I am doing that is by learning new skills. Currently I am working on learning to crochet and want to make some slouch hats. I also intend to journal more and focus on the things I’m grateful for. One thing I have been very grateful for is meeting you and getting connected with the fibromyalgia community; I no longer feel all alone with this disease. Thank you!! With love and peace, Valda
So good to hear from you Valda. I too am grateful for having met you and for the community we have. It has been such an important part in my healing journey. Using your energy in positive ways makes you sound like a super hero! Love it! Be well my friend. 🙂