Spring Into Enchantment
by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
18 Apr 2004
Who can control a smile sneaking across your face as
you go outside on a beautiful spring day, suddenly finding your nostrils filled with a sweet aroma of fresh blooms, while
breezes against your skin, whispering, "No coat today."?
Nature provides enchantment all around us in the spring. The birds
sing, the flowers bloom, animals have their babies, new birds learn to
fly. If you look high up in a tree you might see an exquisite bird
singing loudly, full of life. It is as if nature gives humans an
opportunity for enchantment all around. Yet, we often are indifferent,
not responding spontaneously to the rebirth of spring. We seem to be,
at times, equipped to live lives of misery brought on by ourselves.
Many of us are able to generate a bad mood, put ourselves down, see
our future as dark or today as gloomy. We have lost or never had the
easy comfort and capacity to relax and enjoy life that a cat has on a
sunny porch just snoozing and rolling over. We humans have to work at
enchantment. Let s take a moment and look at what the major components
of this work called "enchantment" are.
To experience what we call THE ENCHANTED SELF, that
is positive states of mind and body again and again, a person must be
able to develop three capacities. The first is the ability to
successfully meet one s needs. This can be challenging when we find
ourselves committed or obligated to be elsewhere or doing other
things. There is a saying, "If you can t go to the mountain than
bring the mountain to you." You may yearn to be outdoors playing
sports or gardening but find yourself stuck indoors at home or at work. Opening the windows to let fresh air in, displaying a
colorful flowers on a table are some of the ways that can enable you
to experience a spring day.
What s important is that you recognize what you need
and then act upon it. This may mean verbalizing what you want to
others or just giving yourself permission to take the time to do
something that adds enjoyment to your life.
The second capacity we need to develop is having a positive appreciation of yourself, so that you see yourself as
of experiencing enchanted times. This means recognizing your personal
value. Your children and/or husband, wife, boss, significant others
are all important and should be treated with care and respect, but
they are not more important than you. You are unique, with talents, coping skills and potential. You have the right to balance
so that your needs can be taken into consideration. This self value is
another building block of enchantment.
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