As I looked out the window, I noticed a doe laying down in the grass. What struck me as odd was that it was 1:00pm. Ordinarily, I would see deer around dusk, but I had never seen one laying down in the afternoon.
In the past, I might have walked away and never put another thought to it, and went back to my busy life and my never ending to-do lists.
But today, I paused.
I reflected on why this momma might be resting in the middle of the day. I got curious. Was she simply tired? I stood there long enough that I decided to see if she would stay there while I quickly grabbed my phone. As you can see, I was able to take a photo without disturbing her at all.
Occasionally, we would look at each other and then she would look away. I could tell that she was focused. There was so much peace in that moment. Deeper than just smelling the roses. I felt her energy and my guess is that she was nesting and getting ready to birth. It is spring after all!
I walked away and thought about how instinctual seasons are to animals. How they honor their bodies, and eat and rest when they need to. And I thought about how, as humans, we can be so disconnected.
As I talk with so many people through coaching, I'm finding that more and more people are seeking connection, peace and more joy in their lives. They are longing for deeper meaning, more ease and purpose.
They are looking for the time to slow down so they can have more fulfillment.
And yet, every time we do have a break, we fill it up with work, new business ideas, and distractions. When we are not feeling self-actualized, we pile on a side helping of guilt, doubt, and worry— leaving us completely depleted.
With each season comes a different reason and feeling. Looking at the deer, we can see that she has created an area that is safe. She's cleared a path, and is resting to prepare herself to give birth.
I propose that we do the same.
If we want to have more joy, connection, ease and better health, then we must make room for it. In other words, clear the clutter, AKA spring cleaning.
Whether you are looking to change your mindset, habits, body or closet, the principle of spring cleaning remains. The purpose of spring cleaning is to clear out what is no longer serving you, and make room for what is.
What are some of the things in your life that are distracting you or derailing you from reaching your health goals? Are there tempting snacks in your pantry or workplace? Identify those items that are no longer serving you. No need to beat yourself up or feel guilty. Simply, bless them, and release.
Is it time to spring clean your body? Are you feeling sluggish from all the hibernation from winter? The goal of a detox is to kick-start your health and assist you in making a transition to an overall healthier way of eating and living. Here are a few quick things you can do to naturally detox your body:
Spring cleaning applies to our minds as well. One of the most popular forms of meditations today is mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation increases your ability to be present in your day to day life. It doesn’t require you to sit still and clear your mind nor does it require any additional time. It simply requires you to let go of the past and not to worry about the future but allows you to focus on what you are doing in the moment.
This is how I was able to truly see the mama deer.
“Breath. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
Most people are living busy lives, and even the thought of cramming one more thing into their daily routine can create stress.
I’m inviting you to let go of some things.
Perhaps take a digital vacation? You might be amazed at how much time you have on your hands when you take your phone out of it.
You will find that by doing these simple tips above, they will help de-stress your life, and allow you to be more efficient. However, inevitably, there will be times where life gets busy, and it will be so tempting to forego spending time on yourself.
Reach out to someone to hold you accountable.
If it's is truly important to you, you will find the time to do it. Make sure you keep in mind your reason why.
What’s important about spring cleaning to you and how can it enrich your life?
The deer was very clear.
And… I was right, she had 2 baby fawns the very next day. (But they were too quick, and I was too awestruck to shoot a pic.)
I'm curious, what might you notice by being mindful? How will it make you feel to have your mind and body feeling more clear?
I can’t wait to hear what unfolds for you.