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April 6, 2015

Spring Cleaning for the Soul--
A Few Practices for the Vernal Equinox

Check to see which of these are right for you, for your own post-hibernation process.

Spring Cleaning Used to be About Cleaning Your Dwelling Space.  There is still something to that.

·It is a good time to clean windows to let in the light--or even just open them to the breeze and light.

·Clear out items you no longer need and donate or sell them.

·Bring in a new plant or fresh flowers.

·Organize, tidy, spiff up your surroundings.

Spring Cleaning for Your Body   As if your body and emotions and spirit are not all the same thing.

·Salt water baths for releasing toxins (perhaps adding the appropriate essential oil).

·Dietary shift to lighter, cleansing foods:  asparagus, spring greens, cruciferous vegetables (organic, of course), herbal tisanes (fresh herb tea).

·Juice cleanse.

·Get yourself outside again now that the days are longer, whether walking, biking, kayaking, putting your toes in the ocean or hiking up a mountain trail. (According to studies, regular outdoor exercise is more effective for relieving depression than taking anti-depressants.)

·Take your shoes off and put your feet on the earth to recharge your entire system, physical, emotional, vibrational.

·After adjusting to the time change from Daylight Savings Time, make sure you get plenty of sleep.  Sleep is the great healer.  (Bioenergy Balancing can often help improve your sleep by addressing your body’s ability to make key neurotransmitters like melatonin and GABA.)

·Go listen to live music and dance your ass off.

·A visit to your healer (chiropractor, cranial-sacral practitioner, acupuncturist, massage therapist, or Bioenergy Balancing practitioner) to release old physical patterns and establish the new.

Spiritual/Emotional Cleansing

·Do your meditation practice, or whatever practice you do that keeps you sane and creative.

·Keep a dream journal and attend to your dreams.

·Participate in/create a ritual for release and re-creation, such as fire ceremony or sanctuary day.

Participate in rituals like the Munay-Ki Rites.  

·Do the art you love, that you’ve been putting off (drawing, painting, singing, playing your guitar/piano, writing poetry or writing in your journal).

·Take a class in the above, or hang out with a group, where the group energy can enliven you.

·Do shamanic journeying--take an introductory class, or if you know how, set aside time to journey to ask your allies for assistance and advice.

Release feelings of self-doubt, guilt, fear-all those old trance-like feelings and thoughts that overtake you periodically (somatic psychotherapy and Bioenergy Balancing are good for this).

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