Spring-ing into Joy & Play

It's the first week of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the energy of new beginnings is percolating all around us. New buds are getting ready to or already starting to pop up, the wildlife is preparing to make nests for new young ones, and those big plans and ideas we've been coddling all Winter are ready to burst out and make their debut.

During this cycle of the year, we have extra nurturing and support from the Universe to let go of the self-doubt and fears that might be holding us back and embolden ourselves to take big steps towards our dreams, goals, and desires. Taking cues from the natural world, we might notice the energy of joy and excitement that accompanies the new beginnings happening all around us. It's actually fun to have new ideas and create new things, and sometimes we need to feel into that sense of playfulness to keep our courage strong and propel us forward.

Having fun and being playful are integral parts of being fully human. We often associate the joys of playfulness and unabandon to childlike behaviors because as children we don't have the same responsibilities we have as adults. Playing is how young people interact with the world to learn about things, make friendships, and stay connected to themselves. As we get older, we're encouraged to give up those "childish" ways, and our lives can start to feel heavier as we take on roles and responsibilities that come with added stress. We might not be as easily tuned in to our sense of joy and the simple pleasure of living. Of course, we need to be responsible for ourselves as adults, but maybe that could be joyful too. Many people who have children of their own are reminded of the delight and pure joy that young ones emit, and it can have a profound affect on parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone that's gets to be around it. Young people are in the "Springtime" of their life cycle and are great reminders of our inherent potential, but we all still have that inherent energy within our reach.

Reclaiming our sense of fun and enjoying our lives can play (pun intended) a critical role in our overall sense of well-being. Whether we feel like it or not, we have each created the lives we have. We've made decisions and gone in directions that we thought would provide outcomes that we wanted or needed to survive. There is something beyond just surviving...there is thriving, creating, fully being. We can create the lives we truly want, and we can start with joy. What excites us? What gets us eager to arise each day and take on new challenges?

Silliness, goofiness, "craziness" are modes of being we often leave behind because it's not cool anymore, and we need to be "serious". (I mean, seriously!) Laughter, lightness and flexibility are actually much needed, often even when we are doing serious things. Creating our lives, making new beginnings, even figuring out difficult situations can be fun and playful and joyful with a fresh perspective. Fresh perspective is exactly the energy of the Spring season and it's there to support us through any difficulties we may come up against or may currently be working through. Sometimes creating something new can feel heavy or have some pushback, but that pushback may just be a signal to discover something about ourselves, clear something out in order to move forward. We don't always have to feel happy or excited at every moment, but when we clear out a stuck energy pattern, the joy and freedom that exists on the other side of it can continue to propel us forward and give us the confidence to take on the next challenge.

(Photo credit: Noah Silliman)

What is one thing you like to do to have fun? What is one thing that makes you so excited, pulls at you directly from your heart, and makes you want to literally jump for joy? Are there areas of your life you'd like to bring more joy into as you move through your daily life? Take some time this week to feel into the energy of Spring and all it's possibilities. Find ways to have fun even in the little things. Notice joyful moments, even if they're brief. Reconnect with that childlike spirit within you and see if you can shift your perspective. Your emboldened, courageous, fun-loving and joyful self is there just waiting to come out and play.

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