Wake up.

I went for a walk around my neighbourhood this morning. It used to be a ritual for me but it’s been a really long time! I decided to leave the earbuds at home and listen to the sounds of the waking morning.

Beauty was abundant and everywhere.

It was in the scarlet cardinal that greeted me on the path, in the sweeping willow’s lime-green branches that radiated in the sun, in the forsythia wreaths that happily hung on my neighbours’ front doors and in the soprano songbirds that brought it all to life with music.

Just like the earth, I felt like I was thawing and waking up after a stiff, long winter.

The truth is, I haven’t felt ‘awake’ in a long time. At the top of the year, I started a new job and I’ve been on overdrive building, building, building multi-year plans while juggling other priorities independently as I create structure in my new department. I thought the pace would differ from my last job, but it hasn’t. Maybe it’s me. I come home at night tired and after spending time with my family and putting the kids to bed, I’ve been flopping on the coach and binge-watching Nashville Season 4 (I’m a little late to the party) with a bowl of pretzels and hummus.

But on this Easter Monday morning, I’ve realized that it’s time for me to wake up. To make some small-but-mighty changes to live my life a little more consciously. To be kinder to myself – body, mind and soul – and feed it with the rich nutrients it needs to live my life with more compassion, grace and purpose.

I am reminded of the stark truth-bomb by Carl Jung: “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd (read: Nashville binge-watching with pretzels and hummus), in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

So what about you? Are you living an awakened life? Do you feel conscious and focused on what you value most? Or are there boulders on the path that are darkening your light? What small-but-mighty changes could help you roll away those stones?

Mother Nature’s a pretty smart cookie. Let’s synchronize with Her to wake up to this fresh new day.

If you need a little more inspiration, here’s one of my favourite songs about becoming Wide Awake.

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