Monday, June 30, 2014

A Great Time for New Beginnings

Just a few weeks ago I found myself scrubbing the house like a madwoman.  Using cotton swabs to wipe down the baseboards, reaching for the last of the linty fuzz in the dryer, sweeping the ceilings.  It was that sort of maniacal cleaning, although I stopped short of pulling out the fridge and washing the usually hidden floor and walls.  I wondered what drove me to this frenzy and came up with a short list of the usual suspects motivating me to grab the scouring supplies.

  • Company - I wasn't expecting any.
  • Overwhelming clutter - the house was neat and clean, just not sanitized.
  • Puppies and Kittens AKA Dust Bunnies - a quick vacuuming always takes care of them.
  • Procrastination - okay, this may have fit the bill, I did have a few things that needed to be done, but I certainly didn't need too many hours away from my other responsibilities.
Then it hit me. 

Spring cleaning!  

Just as spring was giving way to summer, I was following a primordial need, one deep in my blood and bones, to get the house in order at the change of seasons.  I've been doing it all my life without paying any attention to it.  A quick glance at my tax receipts show that I donate household items, including clothes, shoes, dishes, etc. four times a year.   My daughters have a code for my cleaning frenzies. "You know how Mom gets?"  
"Well, she got."  

New beginnings require cleaning out the unused, the things that no longer serve.  As we begin the summer season, the new month, the new week, it is worth taking some time to reflect on those feelings, behaviors, relationships, and patterns that no longer serve us, that weigh us down.  

It is also a perfect time to clean out the pantry and the fridge.  Replace the cookies and puddings with fresh fruits and vegetables.  Donate the pasta and follow a recipe for zucchini pasta.  I like this one.

Make some fresh iced tea, lemonade, limeade, or orangeade.  Add sliced cucumbers to water for a refreshing beverage.  

In this time of new beginnings, I've been working to launch Emeralds Botanicals, my own website devoted to my herbalism practice.  The website is still under construction, so stay tuned for my virtual grand opening.  

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