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Spring Cleaning Brings the Joy of Accomplishment

There is an initiation process going on. I smell the damp earth as the first signs of spring are pushing up through the ground and trees are releasing their imprisoned buds to a new slant of light. The house appears brighter inside and so I decide: Itís time for spring cleaning. I see the dust and smudges more clearly now, the faded pillows and the worn out sagging leather couch Ė flaws I didnít notice during the winter. A little dissatisfaction creeps into the happy picture. Everything good has something bad in it and vice versa. However, what I choose to give my attention to will color my overall perception. Instead of buying new furniture, I decide to engage in a cleaning frenzy: vacuuming above and below, polishing, discarding and rearranging what I choose to keep. As I spring into action to de-clutter my space, I clear out my mind, to see my goals in a different light and I announce my intentions as a way to bring them into reality.

Spring supercharges us with energy to let go. We are all taught to amass possessions. The media fuels our desire to have what others have and to show our friends and neighbors how much we have. However, we donít know how to let go; no one has taught us about loss. Thatís why our beloved junk builds up and cleaning out a closet becomes an overwhelming chore by the time we get to it. I havenít even mentioned a basement, garage or attic! Somehow, spring inspires us that we can tackle that closet or garage, to start over, to do things differently this time like plant new seeds in the garden or start different projects at work. We become more physical, getting out and doing, hiking or biking, challenging ourselves instead of staying home where it is safe and climate-controlled, our comfort zone. The temperature triggers this activity as surely as it triggers plant growth. Itís warm enough to lure us out of the house, but cool enough to prevent us from becoming sluggish.

Tap into the natural rhythm of spring by engaging in spring cleaning and other spring activities:
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