After a slow cozy winter, the last thing I wanted was to be stuck indoors. Spring is the time when life picks back up again. The rush and flow to a long ebb. But THIS spring. It feels more like an extension of winter. It calls for patience and endurance. And creativity. I put together a few slow living activities for spring that will encourage you to embrace the slowness just a little longer.
Sow seeds/plant seedlings
Depending on where you live this might be indoor or out. It’s almost the end of April and we had snow all last week. So for us, the garden starts indoors. I’m finding it a comforting ritual to move my plants around with the shifting sunlight.
Have a picnic
Packing up some delicious food in a basket and heading to the park is a fun activity for a sunny spring day. Bringing finger food means a blanket on the grass is an option when the parks are so full. Picking up takeout from a local cafe is also a good option and a great way to support businesses in need right now. Setting up a picnic in the yard is a good idea too. To make it a little more unusual than just dinning outside, move off the patio and set up by the garden or a patch of early spring flowers.
The ritual of baking bread is calming for most people who try it.
“It does not cost much. It is pleasant: one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with peace, and the house filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells. But it takes time. If you can find that the rest is easy…” M.F.K. Fisher
We all have an abundance of time at the moment. Don’t we.
Read a book
Pick up an actual handheld book then cozy up and read. One of my favorite things in the spring is to make a pot of steaming tea, grab a blanket, don Pat’s wool socks and read a real tangible page flippin’ book outside in my favorite porch chair.
Handwash your delicates
Oh my! I did not think that the awful horrible task of laundry could ever be so delightful! But I’ve been switching over to a minimal and sustainable wardrobe. Now I own a few pieces that are hand wash only. At first, there was a hesitance to purchase pieces that needed this extra care but last summer I jumped in and will never look back. I love wearing clothes that have been sustainably bought. I feel good in them. Confident. Proud. Beautiful. So the first time it came to handwashing I did so with care and affection. Now it’s a ritual that brings even more peace and satisfaction than baking bread.
Bring your meditation to the yard
Grab your mat or blanket and place it in a new spot daily. While you practice breathing, close your eyes and listen. This week I observed two red squirrels quarreling, robbins popping around the snow, my neighbor hacking away as she smoked her cigarette. Basically, everything is the same and nature keeps ticking away. It grounded me to realize that.
What are some of your favorite slow living activities for spring?