Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Oh No! Finding Spring Within
It’s April Fools Day…a week late. Two and three inches of snow cover the ground in many parts of Vermont. Today is April 9th; there should be daffodils! Step outside for a minute and you can almost hear the grumbling of Vermonters all across Chittenden County. You can definitely feel it. April is testing us. And this is our chance to dig in.
This morning on my walk, I passed a guy who carried himself like a grumpy cat in the rain. His shoulders were clenched, his gloved hands flicked off the snow, his brow was furrowed. If he had whiskers, they would have been twitching with disdain. We smiled at one another and exchanged greetings and humorous quips of disbelief about all the snow.
After he walked by, I stopped and breathed in. The smell of the air is different now, the chorus of birds louder. Upon closer inspection, the trees reveal nascent buds. There are true hints of color under the white stuff. The atmosphere is filled with something like promise. No. Maybe it’s more like determination. “Let’s do this!” Is more what it feels like.
But if you can’t hear the birds and all you see is the inches of snow on your windshield as you drive to work, it’s much harder to feel the “Let’s do this!” vibe. This is where yoga comes into play.
Play being the key word here. You cannot control the weather, but you can control your reaction to it. A playful approach is called for. Finding Spring within is possible – on your yoga mat. Try some new postures. Try a practice that focuses solely on the breath. Slow things down – or speed them way up. Try some new music; try silence. Dig in and dig deep! The light you are counting on to brighten your day exists in you all the time. You just need to see it. Play is a great gateway for this insight. Bring it to your yoga mat.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” ~ Albert Camus