Spring has officially sprung and I couldn't be happier. Those of us in the northern hemisphere of the planet can now start expecting earlier sunrises, later sunsets and sprouting plants. I'd like to say spring is my favorite season, but to be honest, I have an appreciation for every season. Okay, okay, I'm not going to lie, I'm super stoked about spring. It just does something to my soul. Personally, the best description of what spring means to me can be found in Michelle Obama's book Becoming, when she describes her mother's spring cleaning ritual. I love spring cleaning. Putting on gloves, old clothes and just going into my garage or back patio and getting to work, scrubbing, cleaning and throwing out old items that'd been collected throughout the year. Something about doing this just gives me new energy. This year I also plan to start a garden on my front patio. The thought alone of planting a garden is intimidating but there's something about spring that rejuvenates my feelings of possibility.
One thing that I did today was a full moon ritual. We're currently experiencing a full moon AND super moon today and I wanted to release some things from my spirit. I'll tell you about my ritual, but to be honest, I'm not overly procedural about how I do things so if you want a very detailed step-by-step, Google the words "full moon ritual." Anyway, here's what I did...
1. Smudged my room with sage. I burnt some sage and used a seashell to catch the ashes as I went around my room clearing out any negative energy.
2. Wrote out the things I want to release. I got a piece of loose leaf paper and, at the top of my page, put the date March 20th 2019 and after that I wrote "I now release these things..." From there I listed all of the things that I wanted to release. My fears, anxieties, past pain, etc. I also made sure to mention that I release anything that's not in alignment with the greater good of the universe.
3. Burnt this paper. After writing out my list, I set out to my back patio, put my piece of paper into a place where it could safely burn (the grill), lit it on fire and watched the smoke release into the sky. I took a deep breath and exhaled as my burdens lifted off of the page and out into the universe.
After this, I high-fived my husband and we got back to our day. So that's been my spring thus far. I look forward to getting out more as the weather warms up. Also, there are a few colorful spring outfits that will be making an appearance in the next few weeks/months.
What's your favorite spring tradition? Did you do/are you doing a full moon ritual?