Two weeks ago I sighted my first cherry blossom, and the effect on my mood was immediate. It made me feel very happy as it heralded the end of what has felt like a long and particularly cold winter here in Melbourne.
This year there seemed to be greater number of days that have been particularly cold, especially the early morning and evening. The first signs of spring along with some blue skies and an increase in the temperature seems to have had an effect on the whole of the city and those of us that live here.
Spring brings an upsurge in nature's energy. We are surrounded by visual evidence of this rising of energy in the appearance of leaves and unfolding of flowers. As human beings we cannot help but be affected by this energy. I don't know whether it is just that I am feeling better with the appearance of the sun, but it seems as though everyone is a little bit happier, a little bit more relaxed. It as though we have been holding our breath, and can now finally breathe out.
Winter is a time of contraction, where we withdraw and are more inclined to stay at home. This is not necessarily a bad thing as we hopefully use this time to pause and reflect. The arrival of Spring means we breathe deeper, exhale, straighten our shoulders and feel a sense of expansion.
Embrace the change of seasons. Become aware of the effect of different seasons on your mind and body. At the very least, take a few moments to relax your shoulders, open your arms and breathe deeply, welcoming the energy of Spring.