As I've already said this season, Spring is a time for rebirth. Animals shed skins, come out of hibernation, and new babies are born. For humans, Springtime, can also be a time of rebirth. Humans shed their heavy clothing, they become more active outside, and there's a feeling of reinvigoration. Humans tackle projects that they've put off all winter. Busy, busy, busy.
But shouldn't this wonderous season be more than just about getting stuff done? Doing thing is nice, and often necessary, but shouldn't there be equal time given to the three R's of balanced living?
Spring can be a great time for relaxing; enjoying a simple picnic in a meadow filled with wildflowers or, perhaps, laying back and watching the clouds drift by while experiencing the warm breeze brush against your skin. Being, as Eastern philosophers term it, means being present in the here and now; alive in the moment without thought or worries of the pas,t or concerns for the future. We don't always the take time to truly relax. Human brains never stop. Humans think all the time even while they pretend to rest...like mentally preparing your shopping list, or prioritizing your tasks at the office. But simply being, is so important. It's key to living a balanced and meaningful life.
Restoration means, accorning to the dictionary, " the act of returning something (like ourselves) to a former owner, place, or condition." No one is born thinking worrying about the future. This is learned behavior, and a bad one at that. If we can learn it, we can unlearn it, right? Maybe now's the time to start. Spring can be the perfect season to restore ourselves to that place of balance; to that place where there's less stress, less struggle, and more time spent becoming the person you were born to be; happy, loving, and fulfilled. Who wouldn't want to feel like that everyday?
Restoration isn't about a new Spring outfit or a new exercise routine; those things are little more than Rustoleum for people. True restoration is something deeper and more satisfying. Once you find it, you'll never want to let it go. The feeling is indescribable! And it won't cost you anything. And I bet you can't say that about the new dress in your closet!