Natures Time for Self-Renewal
By Ruth Anne Plourde
to the calendar Spring begins March 20th. However,
Minnesotas Spring rarely begins in March.
Often in March, during the state basketball tournaments,
we get our heaviest snow fall. But, putting weather
aside, what does spring mean to you. Have you
ever looked up the meaning of spring in the dictionary.
There are many different definitions depending
upon whether it is considered a noun, a verb,
or an adjective.
of the definitions of spring, as a noun is, the
point at which something begins its course of existence.
The point at which something begins its course of
existence. That is precisely what the season of
spring is -- the point at which nature renews herself,
the beginning of a new growing season. And for me,
watching nature renew herself each spring, nurtures
my mind, body and soul.
We as human beings also
need to nurture and renew ourselves on a regular
we often let the demands of daily life take hold,
so much so, that we hold on to our stressors way
too long and we become
fatigued, irritable and even ill. In fact, it is
estimated that job stress costs American industry
over $200 billion annually through absenteeism,
reduced productivity, accidents and employee turnover.
There is a Chinese proverb that states,
is a part of life. It is not whether we have stress
in our life or not, its how we react to the
stress that makes the difference. Its how we
act or react that can help us prevent the birds of
stress from building harmful nests in our hair. There
are many different ways to deal with stress and what
one chooses is an individual undertaking. However,
there is one common principle that applies to everyone,
and that is, we all need to take time to learn and
practice body/mind wellness skills now or we may have
to make time for illness.
"That birds fly overhead, this we cannot stop.
That they build a nest in our hair, this we can
A while ago I finally purchased
a cell phone. Since I am on the road a lot, I decided it would be a
good idea to have a cell phone in case of an emergency.
Well, a few weeks ago, I did in fact, run out of
gas on an up ramp going from one freeway to the
next, and was able to call the auto club for help.
So the technology of my cell phone was a great benefit.
But no matter how advanced the cell phone technology
is, there is one catch. If I want my cell phone
to be ready for my next "call for help",
I have to remember to plug it in and give it time
to recharge itself.
Thus, the universal principle
is, that like the cell phone, we all must take time
to relax and recharge our personal energy systems.
Every day we need to create a little spring time
and take time for self-renewal. If we dont
the consequences to the human body, mind and spirit
could be devastating.
Research has shown that relaxation is the natural
antidote to stress. There are many different techniques
that can help us activate the relaxation response,
which will help us recharge our mind, body and spirit.
Different breathing techniques (see this months
Stress Less Tip), meditation, prayer, yoga, moving
meditations like tai chi, guided imagery,
walking and being out in nature, just to name a
few. There is no one technique that is best. What
is important is to try a variety of techniques,
or a combination of techniques, to see what will
help you renew your mind, body and spirit; and recharge
your energy system. (Check back for stressless tips.)