Coming out of hibernation
Springtime can be such a hopeful time of year. With things beginning to grow and bloom, it evokes a sense of possibility. If we can get beyond the difficulties of springtime (hello allergies!), we can reflect on what the season of spring means and how we can generate a sense of hope in our lives.
I’m a licensed mental health counselor who enjoys sharing mindful meditations and information about mindfulness. Below is a transcript of a meditation I led on this topic, and at the end of the article, you’ll find a link to the meditation video. In this meditation, we are focusing on the concept of hope and the hope that is available through the coming of spring.
Let’s begin by taking a nice deep breath in, and just really feel that that air filling our lungs, and we can begin to stretch or move or do whatever we like to get into whatever position we’d like to occupy for today’s meditation.
If you’re sitting, you can move into an upright, uplifted posture with both feet on the floor so that you can feel the ground and feel that anchoring. If you’re lying down, just allow the floor to fully support your weight and completely let go. You can close your eyes if that is comfortable for you but it’s fine to have them open as well.
Perhaps this can be a bit of a contemplative meditation. What we’re doing is focusing on the newness of spring, the hope that is in the air, that comes through nature beginning to come back from dormancy.
I would invite you to come into your mind and allow the mind to produce images of this coming alive of the transition from winter to spring.
Depending on where you’re located, the weather could be quite different from how it might be for another person. But when we think of spring, there’s sort of a coolness to it. No longer cold, not yet warm. Thinking about what the temperature tends to be like in spring.
As we meditate on spring and things coming to life and these transitions that take place from one season to the next, let’s drop into the body and notice how the body feels as the mind conjures images of spring.