Each spring it happens, like clockwork…the spring flight. In huddled masses they make their return flight from their warmer winter hideaways. The flight of our returning summer flocks mirror our own natural exuberance of the coming spring. We see it in the beauty of our spring flowers, we feel it in our new found joy with the world around us.
Spring is indeed the season of splendor. Each spring we feel that sense of rebirth, of fresh growth and of new beginnings. I look at this time of year as an extra boost of energy to use for whichever purpose we each choose. We often delve ourselves into physical labors…the spring lawn clean up…the planting of a garden. Yet, this season I challenge you to take a more holistic look at where to expend this gift of energy. What inner garden could we plant this spring? Could it be a garden of joy…of peace…of tranquility? What is it that you could cultivate within yourself this spring season?
Each spring many of my clients venture knowingly, or unknowingly, through this journey. When moving forward, it is often helpful to remind ourselves that growing and cultivating can be easier than we think. Often, one of the biggest hurdles to change is our own perception of growth and change. It is difficult for us to envision our lives as something different than they have been. For my clients with physical pain, I call shifting this perception “holding the vision of health.” By this I mean letting go of our picture of ourselves as unhealthy and truly embracing a role as a healthier person. See yourself without the physical complaint…or more accurately…see yourself beyond your physical complaint. Use your boost of energy to choose a different path. Perhaps this means an exercise program, a healthier diet, healthier relationships or following a spiritual calling.
While “holding this vision of health” is true for many of my therapy patients with physical pain, it can be applied to every aspect of our being…physical, emotional and spiritual. We can apply this same vision. We can plant any garden that we choose. From there, we can each take off for our own individual spring flight!
Peace, Joy, Growth & Love this splendid Spring!
Vanessa Cayle, MSPT is a physical therapist and owner/director of the CranioSacral Institute of MI. She is an advanced trained practitioner and certified presenter on craniosacral therapy.