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1st Day of Spring: Rituals I love

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It’s the first day of Spring! Across the world many people look at this time of year as the perfect opportunity for both letting go of the old and of bringing in the new. What a glorious time of year! Things start to blossom, the days become longer, and an overall optimistic energy seems to fill the air. But first lets all officially give a warm goodbye to winter…

GOOD BYE WINTER!!!

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 Yesterday I officially became a Catholic. Why? … and what does this have to do with Spring renewal?

I decided to attach myself to Catholicism for a few reasons. The first being my heritage, I am half Italian and my father Eugene Raymond Pauline a.k.a. “Geno” is a devote Italian Catholic, he goes to mass every day. I love him more then anything and want to create this special connection with him to add more value to the time we have together as “earthlings”. I will write more about this later but this is the primary reason.  Additionally, Ross and I plan to get married in January 2014  in a beautiful Catholic Cathedral in Mexico, one of us needs to be Catholic, so it’s going to be me. Lastly, I love ritual. Love it. My morning practice consists of it, my special bed time consists of it and now I am ready to make it a part of the changing seasons in my life. Combining ritual with the changing of seasons is a great way to connect your spiritual core with that of the planet.

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My daddy.

The one thing constant in life is change. Nothing stays the same and life becomes more full when we not only meet the changes but assist them with willingness.

 Here are five beautiful Spring rituals to assist with letting go of the old and bringing in the new.  None of these five rituals are original. All of them have been shared with me by my own gurus to whom I am eternally grateful. I am happy to share them with you and I hope you try some and experience the wonderful sensations of lightness of being and cleanliness.  By practicing these rituals we can assist the powers that be with welcoming in change, change that will help us become closer to our creator.

 1: LET GO

Make a list of BEHAVIORS or FEELINGS that you want to be rid of.

*Resentment or frustration towards a co-worker

*Jealously or comparison

*Judgment towards the self/negative self-talk  “I shouldn’t have eaten that… I should have done XYZ…ect… ”

*Gossiping or incessant meaningless rambling

*ALL pre-conceived ideas of the self both good and bad. Simply live as yourself in this moment

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 2: CLEAN OUT

Get into your closet and get rid of anything that no longer suits you or better yet, anything you haven’t touched in a year. One idea is to organize a clothing swop with your friends. Everyone brings old shoes, clothes, bags, and books and have a party! You will leave with some treasures from your friends. We did this a number of times in Beijing and I still wear things that were once my dear friends in China, it makes me feel so good. 😉  All of the left over goods can be donated to a local charity. Next head to the kitchen and do the same!

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 3) FAST

 After cleaning out your emotions and your closet, lets get into the body! The digestive system is constantly working and could use a break once in a while. Try one of many versions of fasting.

*Don’t consume anything but water one day out of the week or one out of every eleven days, as they commonly practice in India (according to Natwar our lovely guru from Rishikesh Yog Peeth)

*Only consume veggies or fruits for one full day, or even for a full week

There are endless variations of fasting worthy of another whole post. After the fast begin to contemplate bigger dietary changes that you can make to sustain positive energy and nutrition through out this incredibly powerful season.

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 4) GRATITUDE

Make yourself a gratitude list. Get a piece of paper and some colorful pens. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for.

*Health

*Family

*Career

*Possibility

*Yoga/Religion/Faith

Make it a long, full list, and as you write it constantly thank your God for all the blessings you have received. No matter what you believe in… just show some gratitude for your life. This attitude of gratitude at the start of Spring will set you up to approach life with a healthy pair of eyes. Our perspective and attitude towards our life makes a huge impact towards what comes into it. By being positive and grateful, we are welcoming positive changes. Remember that, “the seeds we water are the seeds that grow”. By starting Spring with gratitude for all we have been given, we show the universe we are willing to work with it and that we are ready for more.

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 5) VISION

Make a vision board. Spring is the perfect time to get busy on projects you have always wanted to take part in. Get a large piece of foam board and some magazines. Cut out pictures and affirmations of things you want to bring into your life. “I am happy” “I am wealthy” “I am healthy” are some GREAT things to include. What ever it is you would like, include it! Want a big comfortable bed? Find a picture and glue it down. Want to find yourself in hand stand? (I do…) Put it on!

My vision board 2013

My vision board 2013

 There are so many success stories of people who have put together vision boards, that it is certainly worth trying. If you are a believer in any variation of the “supreme universal power” and would like it to be more powerful in your life, perhaps start an “Artists Way” group. Getting meetings started with fellow writers, artists and yogis, so that you can support each other with all of your creative endeavors.

 These five rituals are a great beginning. I have a lot of work to do today… and I look forward to it! I hope you do too. Now, returning to my desire to become Catholic…I purposely went to  Saint Thomas Moore, my dad’s Catholic church, on the last day of winter because I am ready for change. Regardless of if I believe in all the intricacies of the Catholic faith, I don’t think it matters. The point is that I have a willingness to go deeper spiritually. Father Doug told me that God takes us as we are, and I fully believe this. I also know that God hears our desires and our intentions. My main objective this season and hopefully every other I have the pleasure of living is to become closer to my creator. Ritual is an important factor in this, simply because of PRACTICE. Enough practice of anything can make anything possible. So lets all let go of the old, and welcome in the new, with a positive attitude, and then see what miracles abound in Spring 2013.

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Author: taozirae

Theresa, known as Taozi 桃子(Peach)to her Chinese students, has been teaching yoga since 2008. She has studied many types of yoga with world renowned teachers from all over the planet. China, the United States, Australia, and India. With over 1000 hours of YTT experience she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the sweetness of her eclectic practice with others. Her life philosophy is that “The seeds we water are the seeds that grow “…wherever we decide to put our energy, our thoughts, and our actions are the areas of our lives that will grow. Life is about learning to water the right seeds!

14 thoughts on “1st Day of Spring: Rituals I love

  1. Thank you for putting more positivity out into the world! I have an intention set to either continue, create or start – well except the fasting! – everything you have suggested… so I’m pretty happy I appear to be moving in the right direction.

    • Indeed! Taking small steps in the right direction every day are the BEST way to make yourself feel good about being YOU. Why not the fasting?! It is so healthy! Even if it just fasting on one thing for the full day, unless it’s cheeseburgers or something not good for you.

  2. Beautifully stated! I love the idea of a clothing swap party – and I think I’ll plan one with my girlfriends. Your willingness to remain open and embrace change is inspring. I think of you guys often, and the impact you had on me in just the short amount of time we spent together. You have the ability to expand limitations within the barriers of my own mind, and offer a unique perception from my own. And with PRACTICE, I have been able to let go easier and embrace change more trusting that in God’s will everything is possible. xo

    • I am so glad, you inspire me too! And I LOVE you… I hope the clothing swop leaves you feeling refreshed and cleansed (and with something new to treasure). I wish I could come!

  3. mmm, i have to get rid of some feelings for sure, thanks for the post

  4. We are all in motion…sharing this planet, with all living things, at every level of existence. Change is happening…regardless of the direction. The only time we are thru changing…is when we are thru. Love your post…and I agree…eat more broccoli!

    • I seriously love broccoli. I feel “high” on veggies after, ever eat it for breakfast? Yummy. You think we are done changing when we are thru? I hope not. I guess if we just are done we are done… but I hope we are never done. Like if we go on to a better place we can still grow spiritually or if we come back as cows in India we get so many more lessons. I have no idea what happens afterwards but I appreciate the food for thought! 😉

  5. I just read this post, I think I’ll be reading a lot more of your stuff. A lot of what you mention are things that I have tried before and know they work for a sense of well being but then sort of just lose focus. The ‘let go’ section especially is something I want to focus on now. Great/informative post.

    • Excellent! Letting go of things we hold tightly to is so beneficial for us in so many ways. I appreciate your visit and hope you get more out of whatever I end up writing! I love that is has struck something with you. Namaste…

  6. I love the 5 points here. The first day of Spring is definitely a great time to start fresh!

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