With all the nice weather we’ve been experiencing, the flowers are blooming, the trees are blooming…. allergies are blooming! Yet, the question I have for you is: are YOU blooming?
In other words, are you moving forward, showing the world how beautiful you are? Or are you nestled down in your home or office, hoping no one notices you?
If you’re not fully blooming, it may be time for some mental cleaning! Each spring, many of us get the urge to clean out closets, cabinets, drawers, garages and, perhaps, the rest of our home. But when was the last time you did a thorough spring cleaning of your thoughts or mental state?
Before you can fully bloom, you must let go of negative thoughts and emotions. This can be easier said than done, but it’s worth the effort (I promise). Examine your thoughts and determine the negative ones that may be holding you back – these are obstacles you do not want to keep in your garden! Think of these obstacles as the weeds in a flower bed: you must clean them up or they multiply…and left unchecked, they will choke out the pretty flowers.
So, how do you work through the weeds in your mind to get them cleared out? I find that journaling works for me. It takes any negative thoughts or emotions out of my head and onto the paper. I can usually work through the emotions as I am writing, and then they no longer take up space in my head.
Others find that exercising, talking with a friend (or out loud to themselves), meditating or gardening helps. Find what works best for you.
Remember that flowers do not bloom overnight: it takes time, water and sunlight before they show their beauty. Be patient with yourself and take the time you need to “weed” out the clutter, so your inner beauty can bloom. Also, remember that flowers are delicate when they are first blooming, so be gentle with yourself as well.
This spring, take time to look around you, notice the flowers and how stunning they are. You are like those flowers, ready to bloom and show the world how beautiful you are! And unlike working in a traditional flower garden, mental spring cleaning does not require allergy medicine.