Written by: Jo Hall
There’s definitely something magical about Spring. It brings us hope. An awakening. As if all the constraints, darkness and worries of the past can be left behind as new growth, new opportunities and freedom emerge.
But what if you don’t feel full of hope and lightness? What if you’re caught up in a spiral of worrying and can’t seem to stop it? What if you are the consummate over-thinker, tying yourself in knots or holding yourself back with crippling self-doubt?
If you recognise yourself in these sentences, then you are just a few steps away from changing your life for the better; opening it up to momentum, growth and expansion, rather like Spring itself.
It all begins with recognising your over-active mind is really not serving you well and having the desire to do something about it.
The next step is to get out of your head. This is the fun bit because it’s all about shifting your energy literally from your head and down into your body. So get moving! Dance like a teenage disco-diva to your favourite tune, take a brisk walk outside, do a workout or a yoga session, grab a hula-hoop and rotate those hips! It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re moving and with it allowing the intense energy held in your head to spread around your body. Let your body flow, uninhibited and feel the release happening.
Movement not only allows you to connect with your body, it allows an energetic reconnection with your soul. And she speaks quietly. She’s waiting to be heard. She’s waiting to soothe your worries and doubts.
The incessant or negative chatter you hear in your head is just your ego wanting to be heard. It’s trying to keep you safe and so it loves to put the fear and doubt into your mind. Our ego isn’t expansive, it’s controlling and limited, but it is protective. So, recognise its loud voice and simply thank it for keeping you safe. Seriously, speak to your ego - Call it out! You might think it nuts, but try before you laugh. Thanking and acknowledging your ego magically seems to pacify it, allowing you to enjoy a more peaceful way of being.
These steps alone might be enough to dissipate your worries or negative chatter, but equally you might be called to take another step and go inward to a quieter state in which to tune into your intuition and listen to what your soul is whispering to you.
If it feels good then sit still and get comfortable. Slow your breathing down to intentional deep breaths into your belly and equally slow exhalations. Or you might be inclined to journal with no other aim than channelling the words and wisdom onto a page. Whatever you’re called to do, this step is all about listening to the quiet voice within you; the kind, guiding, expansive, nourishing voice of your intuition, your soul. If you notice any negativity, it’s your ego, so again thank it and say you don’t need it’s help right now. Then see what guidance comes up, see what you sense or have an inner knowing about. Trust it is exactly what you need right now. It might surprise you. It might make complete sense. It may make no sense at all - but in time it will.
Whatever happens, you have just shifted your perspective from an ego-head space to a soulful, intuitive place. In that moment recognise that everything is perfect just as it is, including you.
Worry and doubt are wasted energies that don’t serve you. You have all the answers within you - your intuition is truly your best friend and the font of all wisdom. When you begin to realise that, like spring, your whole world begins to open up and bloom full of possibilities. The buds and shoots never doubt they will become beautiful flowers and plants again from the deep, dark soil in which they have emerged. So, you too have no need to doubt or worry. Our soul wants us to enjoy the hope and expansion that Spring is offering, so listen and take her wise advice.
Originally published in Issue 1 · March/April 2021 · Spring Equinox issue of SOULACY.
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