Hello everyone. For those of you who do not know me, I am Jennie Holvey and along with my partner I run Engra Holistics offering meditation classes and workshops as well as other holistic therapies.
It is very difficult to write a blog at the moment without mentioning in some shape or form the current very strange and challenging situation we all find ourselves in. However, in my opinion if there is one thing that can take our mind off all this it is the wonderful season of Spring and particularly so at the moment as we are enjoying some beautiful spring weather. I live in Devon and it is gorgeous at the moment although I believe that large parts of the country are also enjoying blue skies and warm sunshine which is a welcome relief after the very wet winter we have just experienced. I feel as though Mother Nature is showing us that the world is still a beautiful place.
I appreciate that for those of you for whom spring heralds the start of the sneezing and nose blowing time of the year, you may not feel so excited about this season as I do and as you sneeze for the 15th time today, I am sure you may well stop reading at this point. For me though it is the most energetic of seasons with a real sense of aliveness. All things green bursting into life, colourful flowers appearing everywhere in the gardens and hedgerows, and animals who have been hibernating have woken up and are eagerly seeking food and perhaps a mate although at this time of late spring they have probably busying themselves looking after their young.
I love to write meditation scripts and have a particular fondness for guided visualisations focused on the natural world. The season of spring (although closely followed by Autumn ) is for me the most inspiring of seasons. It is a season when growth is rapid and that can be quite nice for us more impatient mindful people. I planted some seeds the other day and I can already see tiny green shoots beginning to emerge from the earth. This however is a perfect focus for a meditation, imagining yourself planting seeds and watering them and then seeing the little green shoots grow taller, leaves forming and then buds and flowers, taking notice of the colours and shape of the plant as it grows, perhaps even imagining in this meditation that you have planted seeds of hope, happiness or peace and as you tend and water them the plants will hold this energy as they grow.
Spring is a real assault on the senses and it is an amazing time to make full use of our senses and bring them into our meditation experience especially if we can spend some time meditating outside. However even inside if we practice a spring guided meditation we can focus on the senses one by one. Imaging the sound of bird song and insects, and the feel of grass or a flower and warm spring sunshine, the sights of butterflies, and lambs in the fields, the taste of fresh air and the smell of freshly cut grass can instantly bring the season of spring into focus in our meditation.
Now I hear you say, this is all very well but what if you are in a city and especially at the moment have had no opportunity to experience a country hedge bordering a field full of gambling spring lambs. You may not feel like bringing this to mind. I do however strongly feel that Mother Nature makes herself known to us wherever we are. I am fortunate to live in the countryside just outside of the city but work in the town centre and also lived in the town for many years. Even in the middle of the town there will be somewhere to experience the energy and beauty of spring. I wrote a meditation called the Neglected garden for which my inspiration was a totally neglected garden in the street where I used to live. City trees with new fresh leaves and flowers growing up between paving slabs and out of walls are all beautiful sights. (you may disagree if they are emerging all over your patio)
While handwriting this blog sat outside, a greenfly landed on the page and I was about to sweep it away, a less welcome sign of spring, however I let it stay there and instead focused on it intently. Its wings, so delicate and its tiny green body were quite fascinating. I had never really taken notice before. As I watched it I had another idea for a meditation. I am sure this has been done before but I had not practised it and so I quickly wrote it down. A play on loving kindness and instead of focusing on people the focus is on animals and/or plants. Starting with yourself, then moving on to a favourite animal/plant, then one you are indifferent to, (an example may be the tree in the car park at work or the little conifer sat in a pot in your neighbour’s garden, you get the gist), following on from this focus on a plant or animal you are really not fond of. This does not have to be the tarantula sized spider you had to get out of the bath the day before. It could be ivy or bindweed in the garden or flies or wasps, then ending with sending loving kindness to all form on Earth. I used the phrases:
May you be healthy
May your presence on this Earth be appreciated
May we live alongside each other with kindness and tolerance.
We are now coming towards the end of spring and will be moving into summer which has a different feel again. I will say finish by sending you all loving kindness and here is a link to a more traditional loving kindness meditation which I uploaded to
You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4AXS_gArDU&t=615s
Jennie is one of our BSoM Meditation teachers. Contact details:
Tel: 01392 833205 / 07807 653292
Nearest Town/City: Exeter