What a special time of the year, when winter bids farewell and signs of spring and new life abound! How I love the hope that springs up in my heart when I see new buds on trees that looked dead, when from the ground dull and lifeless tenacious, stubborn little shoots push through and blossom in a multitude of colors and shapes. On this Easter Weekend too, we have reminders that over a very short duration of time, what seemed hopeless and full of despair on Friday can be transformed into shouts of victory and powerful new hope.
The older I get, the more I experience and watch others go through our own personal seasons of dormancy. Of times when life gets put on hold and maybe even hangs in the balance. There are seasons during which the bitter cold, slicing winds of pain, of struggle, of disease seems to grab us and not want to ever let go. When I was much younger and sick, I remember so vividly the feeling that I would never be well again. That I would always be and feel the way I did right then. But over time, my body would do what it does best. It would heal and repair, maybe slowly, maybe imperceptibly until one day I would wake up and realize that I was well again. And regardless of the time of year, it felt like spring. Time to rejoice, to celebrate the breath within, the limbs that walk and move and the energy both mental and physical to engage in the world once more.
Maybe you are in that winter spot. Maybe this winter you battled for your breath with the flu, for healthy cell replication in your body, for emotional healing for yourself or a loved one. Maybe your finances were hit hard through a job loss, a major illness or unexpected challenges. Maybe you or those you love suffered with painful relationship challenges. And it felt like winter–everything frozen, grey and lifeless. Like it would never be spring again.
I LOVE that we have the reminders all around us in nature to experience year after year after year as gentle and consistent reminders that, as my mom says, “This too shall pass.” On this Easter morning, I invite you–no matter what season you find yourself in–to savor the reminders all around that new life springs up where we least expect it. And when you feel like you will never leave this season behind you, grab hold of some daffodils, sing an Easter song, take a walk in a park or dig into your garden for the reminders that there are seasons. And then take a breath, and look within for those signs of life as well.
As I briefly shared, I often felt like I just woke up one day and was well again after an illness. But the truth is, each day my body was doing the work of recovery. My chest was less congested, my aches and pains were less, I could walk around the block. Today, if you find yourself in that spot, look for those little signs of spring in yourself. Take a mental snapshot of where you were a month ago and what is different now and celebrate how far you’ve come.
I remember a dear friend who had battled a terrible back issue who shared with me that she got on her exercise equipment and could only do 5 minutes. I had experienced that in my own past. What we discovered together was that she could reframe it and realize, “I did 5 WHOLE MINUTES!!!” I invite you to celebrate those successes, journal your blessings and focus on what you want more of in your life by using a magnifying glass and finding the seeds of it in your life right now.
And may this season be a season of new beginnings for you. Of exciting new adventures or daily gaining strength until you feel fully alive and full of all the glory of the universe again.
Essential oils to support your journey from winter to spring?
Due to the powerful aromatic benefits to our limbic system, SO MANY oils can support us during those times. Some of my favorites for renewed energy, cheer and zest for life are the citruses–diffused, applied to my hand and inhaled, or in my drinking water. Lime is so zesty! Wild Orange so cheerful. Lemon so clean and purifying! Citrus Bliss so yummy smelling. And when I’m really weighted down, the Elevation blend provides some incredible mood support.
Often when we go through tough times, emotions are raw and fears can be real. Nerves can be shot and rest can be hard to come by. I love the calming and soothings aromas of Lavender, Serenity blend, Cedarwood, Balance blend (so grounding!) Ylang Ylang (my take a deep breath and feel cared for oil), Frankincense, Sandalwood and Myrrh–they all offer support and grounding to us when we’re stressed out, frazzled or overwhelmed.
A few I love in particular for emotional support in relationships are Bergamot, Grapefruit, In Tune and White Fir. These are powerful at helping us in how we relate to ourselves and those we love. Message me if you need any of these oils!
- Posted by Dawn Behm
- On May 2, 2017
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