Today I slowly slip my coffee as the rain taps on all the windows that surround me. I think about going to that barre class that I loved last week. Last week when it was a sunny and bright spring day. But today when we’ve fluctuated back to the heaviness that intertwines around this fresh season, I find too much comfort in extra coffee, charming music and serious lounging.
I’m no newcomer to Kapha Blues. And while the method of healing the blues with the pace of nature is darling to think about, I also believe in the power of throwing in some sunny pick me ups.
I’m not advocating buying stuff. In fact it’s real important to declutter this season. But investing in a few high quality items to help you embrace the flow of the season is just what the Ayurveda practitioner ordered.
1/ A new candle. I know this is a given, but this combination of bergamot and cedarwood is a magical blend of the sides of spring. Let the rich soil ground you (cedarwood) so that you can really bloom (bergamot). (Sorry for that weird essential oil metaphor.)
2/ New shoes. Because even on the rainiest days in spring, you know that a pair of new spring shoes could grace your feet any moment. Go for comfort when it comes to shoes. All day our energy drains down to our toes, it’s nice to give them some reward.
3/ Darling Magazine. Here is one way to appreciate the rain, sit down with a cup of dandelion tea and curl up with this “art of being a women” magazine. While health is fascinating to read about, sometimes when you’ve got the blues, it will do the opposite of pick you up. This magazine talks about all things from the joy of decorating your house to the questions that help you determine if it’s time to change your path. It’s filled with rich words, un-touched photos and zero ads.
4/ Wild Unknown tarot cards. When I found these cards I knew I had found “my deck” as you’ll so often overhear in the jumble of chit-chat before a yoga class. I pull these out each morning or if I’m looking for clarity, I’ll do a full reading. I’m a skeptic believer and these cards know it. They constantly bring me back.
5/ A fresh coat of paint. If you live in America and not the west coast, then you must have experienced this harsh, harsh winter. It’s time to let those toes out with a new coat of polish. This will encourage you to shed those socks so that your feet can connect to the ground beneath you. Go for a fresh stimulating color to balance this Kapha season.
What pick me ups do you have on hand for these wet spring days?