April has arrived, and the turbulence of winter is finally behind us. Like animals emerging from hibernation, people are breaking out of their winter stupors to rediscover the joys of being outdoors. As the days grow longer and warmer, consider taking a walk through your neighborhood or a nearby park — it’s a great way to feel more grounded within the world around you.
To be grounded is as much about our connections within as it is about our connections to the world we occupy. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word as “mentally and emotionally stable: admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious”. In order to understand our place within the communities and relationships we navigate everyday, we must also understand ourselves, and recognize how best to ensure our wellbeing.
It’s hard to think of a vegetable more appropriate for spring than spring peas — the season is right there in its name! Try the Food Network recipe for creamy spring peas with pancetta. Another delicious spring veggie, asparagus, can be prepared with Martha Stewart’s recipe for asparagus with almonds, goat cheese, and basil.
This month begins with two spiritual holidays of rebirth and renewal. The first week of April is Passover, a time when Jewish people honor their ancestors’ escape from enslavement to freedom. Easter, falling this year on April 1st, is celebrated by some as a Christian holiday honoring the resurrection of Jesus, and by others simply as a day to embrace the spirit of spring. April 22nd is Earth Day, another holiday perfect for honoring the arrival of spring and all the wonders the Earth provides. It is also a time to consider what we can do to help preserve the planet for generations to come. Make this Earth Day a day of action by assisting with a park clean-up or supporting a local eco-friendly store or restaurant. After all, there are few things more grounding than those which enrich your relationship with the planet that forms the very ground beneath your feet.
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