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5 Simple Rituals to Welcome Spring

5 Simple Rituals to Welcome Spring

 

Happy Spring! 

I've written before about routines and rituals, and how, when performed with intention, they can enrich our lives. Rituals in particular are useful for times of transition, such as that of Winter to Spring. With that in mind, here are five simple rituals to welcome Spring joyfully.

Plant seeds

Whether you’re a longtime gardener or a beginner, planting seeds is a wonderful and stress-busting way to create a connection with the seasons. It’s too cold to grow outdoors just yet, but March is the perfect time to start seedlings for onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Herbs are also a classic choice for indoor growing year-round. We love Toronto-cultivated organic seeds from Urban Harvest.

Watch the sunrise

Finally, the days are beginning to grow longer again. Experience the sunlight from start to finish by getting up early and watching the sunrise. Grab a thermos of tea and a cozy sweater, and head to your favourite east-facing vantage point for the show.

Create an arrangement

Nothing says abundance like a big, beautiful bunch of flowers or plants. Pussy willow is a classic spring choice, and if you have a friend with pussy willow on their property, they might let you “trim” their plants for free! Or, if florals are more your thing, daffodils are in season - you can buy potted daffodils in bloom from many local florists.

Go birdwatching

Southern Ontario is a destination for birders and we’re lucky to have lots of excellent birdwatching spots. Head to Ojibway Park, Point Pelee, Jack Miner, or any of the other classic locations in the area. I've also been enjoying "bird listening" in my own neighbourhood - I try to identify birds by their calls and check my accuracy using this free app.
 

The classic Spring clean

Choose one area or do the whole house. Put out some snacks, turn on the tunes, open the windows (weather permitting), and make it fun! My favourite spring cleaning ritual is swapping out the clothes in my closet - cleaning and putting away bulky winter items, pulling out and steaming spring cardigans and blouses, setting aside items I want to donate or take to Rhyan’s Mess, and making note of things I need.

 

This week, choose one of the above rituals and make it your own by adding a personal creative twist. Will you enjoy your ritual alone, or with others? Will you make it simple, or elaborate? Is this something you might enjoy doing to welcome Spring every year? Let me know in the comments below.

Take care of yourself,

Debra

 

 

Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a self care and gift boutique located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her mission is to help you thrive through self care you can feel good about. For more self care tips delivered to your inbox and a special birthday treat, click here to subscribe.

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Comments

Debra Purdy - April 1, 2022

Thank you for reading, Michelle! I’m sure the pussy willows look lovely on your buffet.

Michelle King - April 1, 2022

Hi Debra. Thank you for this inspirational post. The weather this past week was just what we needed to get motivated for Spring! I just bought a bunch of beautiful pussy willows at Remark Farms to finish off my Spring buffet display ……ahhhh Spring
MK

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