Spring Intentions: Re-emergence & Outward Connections

Winter Reflection

Winter was all about surrendering the things – feelings, thoughts and habits – that prevented me from rooting down into what brings me joy. The best way to do this, I found was by journaling and by setting goals each day around the things I wanted to accomplish and then just doing them. Nothing beats combining mindfulness with action to create change. I did organise my closet and I did make things by hand. I baked cookies and cakes for the holidays and I didn’t give in to the stress of what things should look like. Things were pretty relaxed around here and I had plenty of time off work to catch up with myself and reconnect with my husband.

In the midst of winter, we can feel the inventions of spring…

Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandrian Quartet

Spring Intentions

My guiding words for spring are ‘connecting outward’, ‘communication’ and ‘balance’. Around these, I’ve set my intentions for the spring season. Connecting outward is about reconnecting with my community and with the nature I find all around me. Already the tiny blossoms are starting to push through and the weather is warmer and I find myself wanting to go out for walks more.

Communication for me is about getting back into a steady writing habit and creating more meaningful content. This also means finding time to take photographs. I’ve been inspired by these photo essays here and here and I want to try to create some of my own.

Finding balance for me in this season is about intentionally shifting away from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset, especially when making decisions. Otherwise, I find myself making snap decisions that aren’t sustainable in the long run.

The questions I'm asking myself:

  • What thoughts, ideas or intentions require nourishing at the moment?
  • Does anything need to be weeded out to make space for the seeds of intent you have been nurturing throughout the winter months? 

Questions courtesy of the Grove.

What are your spring intentions?
- Martina

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  • Deborah Brasket says:

    Thank you for this, Martina. I love the spare drawing which expresses so eloquently your notes of the need to pare down, turn inward. I've been doing so much writing over the winter months, I'm looking forward to getting out into the garden, planting, watching things grow. Taking my laptop outside to write if I can.

    • Martina Azkoul says:

      Thank you Deborah 🙂 Writing out in the garden sounds lovely. Happy to hear that you have been inspired.