Spring is a time of 'waking up' and of new beginnings. It's often when we feel the inclination to move more, or to create some action towards our dreams and personal intentions.
Here are three reflective prompts which might bring you some inspiration, shock you wish it. You can use them to simple sit and reflect on, to journal, or in some other way create from the prompts (a collage, a playlist, drawing....?). Anything goes.
1. Spring is in the air
What is it that you enjoy about spring? What feels good at this time of the year? Maybe it's the colours, the sounds, the things you do at the time of year? Maybe there's a particular smell, or food, or song that reminds you of Spring? How you do you feel within yourself when you reflect upon these Spring things?
2. New Beginnings
What come sot you when you think about new beginnings? Do you embrace them, fear them, go with the flow..... something else? do you see a pattern with new beginnings and does it continue to serve you well?
3. Fresh Starts
Is there somethings new that you want to start? A new hobby, activity, or habit maybe? How can you start putting this into action? Who might you need to help you do this? Even within this pandemic, what CAN you do to give this wish some action (it might be listening to podcasts or reading up on it if it's not possible to actually do it now). How can you make sure that this happens.
I had an interesting conversation with a friend this week regarding 'late-stage pandemic'. We discussed how we've got stuck into a kind of comfort of living as we have been. We said it in a bit of a hushed whisper (although there was no one to hear it) feeling awful for saying it, not really wanting to admit to it, but also knowing that we got what the other one said. My friend related it to feeling institutionalised. He said that he desperately wanted to get back to doing things that he wants to do, yet, on the other hand, he's kind of forgotten what he does, or how to do it. While he doesn't want to be living like this anymore, there's a certain comfort and predictability to it. I was nodding lots as he talked, completely relating to it. And also I was musing over our human adaptation.
A year has been long enough for us to adapt to this. And there's a certain comfort that comes with being in an adapted state - we do what we do and we're used to it, we don't have to think about it. It doesn't mean we necessarily like it, but we know it. And essentially it means that coming out of this is going to require another adaptation - we're going to have to do things differently again from how we're currently doing them to get to a place that is ultimately eventually our life after the pandemic. When we are allowed to, will we hug the same? Will it feel weird to be close to someone? Will my space feel invaded? Will I want to socialise as much as before? Will I want to socialise more? Will that little get-away that I used to go to still be the same? What if I don't like doing xyz anymore? How will I manage to keep doing some of the things that I like doing during lockdown? Oof, I have soooo many questions!
And here's the thing. Sometimes we don't need to know 'how'. We didn't know how to do lockdown or living in a pandemic. Yet, here we are... We found a way (personally and globally). Sometimes we just need to know what we want (or don't want), and the rest works itself out for us. We find a way. We find our way.
My hope is that we all find our way out of this in ways that help us to fully thrive as ourselves in our post-pandemic world. Bloody hell, we owe ourselves that much after all this, don't we!
I am Caroline Toshack. Movement is my passion, my mirror, my creative source and outlet. I am a therapist, coach, educator, geek, yogi, mover and creative who loves getting muddy on her bike, running in the hills and having pyjama days.