We hope that the year has started off well for you and that you have perhaps set some intentions, to help you live well through 2020.
January is already coming to an end – and we welcome the arrival of Imbolc.
Imbolc is a pagan festival held on or around the 1st February – the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox – which celebrates new beginnings.
A gentle energy is starting to rise within the Earth. Although the days are still short, we have over an hour more daylight now than we did at the start of the month. Nature is starting to stir from its winter slumber – and Spring is not far away now.
We are often so busy dashing around in our lives – preoccupied with what’s in our heads, rather than noticing what’s actually here. However, when we take time to pause, the signs of Spring are all around us.
Fresh new catkins sway in their glory, hedgerows are in bud, leaves are slowly unfurling, bluebell shoots are bursting forth and birds are singing even more joyfully in the skies. And so many of our wildlife creatures such as foxes, rabbits and badgers are in their peak mating season right now. You may have already heard the blood-curdling calls that come from the vixens, carrying far in the still night air.
We at Be Naturally invite you to pause and open up all of your senses to the beauty and wonder of nature – whether you are in the woods, a park, the coast or even in a town or city. Or perhaps you are taking a visit to a river, stream or lake … or even in your own garden.
Wherever you are … what signs of the changing seasons do YOU notice?
Imbolc is a time to let go of the past and to allow the future to unfold and blossom. If you are inspired to follow Nature’s lead, then perhaps you may wish to do some decluttering and spring cleaning – even if it is just one drawer in the kitchen … and notice how you feel after you have completed it.
And we invite you to take an even wider ‘life perspective’ by asking yourself:
What do I choose to let go of, right now?
What would I like to grow and flourish – and how will I nurture this?