Blinking In The Light

Well, spring is finally here after the coldest and dullest winter in Victoria for 40 years. Each sunny day seems a small miracle. The trees are growing leaves overnight and the pulse of life is palpable. Creatures are unwinding slowly from hibernation and blinking in the light. I can see why the spring equinox in times past was such a time of celebration. The night is past and the earth abundant again.

So, with a spirit full of hope and rejuvenation, I share my gratitude for the return of spring with you. An attitude of gratitude opens our hearts to the beauty of our life here and now. And it’s good for the serotonin and dopamine levels in our brain which are the chemicals that promote feelings of  happiness and well being. With repeated practice we can actually change the neuro circuitry of our brains and become happier people.

As a daily practice, I am choosing to think of 3 things for which I am grateful. We all have basic things to be grateful for starters– waking up alive, having a body that is continually working to maintain equilibrium, a friend that supports us in difficult times. Count them for yourself and see how abundant your life is!

Feel free to print this out and put it somewhere as a daily reminder to rejoice in what you have!

I am grateful today

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Emergent Spring

As Mother Earth transitions from the dark and contained winter gestation, that glimpse of light that signals the coming of Spring is both powerful and gently feminine. Its beauty is captured in the rise of the moon and the pure white of the blossoms that dance from tight buds.  I created this doll to celebrate the hopeful emergent energy that comes with this change in season, both outer and within our psyche.