Spring is a time of renewal. Nature moves into a growth mode after Winter’s period of rest, with the greening of grass, blooming of flowers, and leafing of trees. Animals find their mates and prepare nests for their young.

Spring is a good time for humans to move into a growth mode, too. Listen to your inner calling; where is it nudging you? Spiritual growth? Improved relationship? Getting organized? Professional growth?

Maybe you can’t hear an inner calling, and you’re thinking there’s no message emanating from within, but there is; there always is.

If you unsuccessfully tried the basic meditation in the March 12th Purposeful Growth Newsletter, don’t give up. Meditation can be a very personal preference, so try some of the following variations and see the next article for another easy way to clarify the nudge of purposeful growth.

Walking Meditation

Leave your iPod and cell phone at home and walk. As you walk, focus on one object: a cloud, a tree, a house, any object that catches your attention. Focus on it and study it intently, mentally describing everything that you can discern about it: color, size, texture, shape.

If possible, stop and study it taking in every little detail. Then move on to the next object that catches your attention and do the same.

This trains your mind to focus intently and deeply. Before long you may find nuggets of inner wisdom popping up as your mind becomes simultaneously focused and quiet. This is a meditation.

Guided Meditation

There are many guided meditation tapes and CD’s available. Listen in a quiet place, as a gentle voice takes you on a journey of imagery and imagination.

As your mind focuses on the narration, you may find the small voice of inner wisdom coming through. This, too, is a meditation. See the sidebar for some recommendations.

Get Your Hands Dirty

Work in a garden, trim and weed, and pamper your plants. Any routine activity using your hands, such as gardening, knitting, woodworking, or playing an instrument can help you get into a state of quiet, focused mind; the characteristics of meditation.

With any meditation, be aware of nuggets of wisdom, nudges of interest, and pearls of insight that come to you. This is the small, but very wise inner voice that will guide you on your journey of purposeful growth.

Having trouble hearing your inner voice? The Pillars of a Balanced Life assessment may give you some insights that will help you see your life and purpose more clearly. I think you’ll enjoy the experience.

With any meditation, be aware of nuggets of wisdom, nudges of interest, and pearls of insight that come to you. This is the small, but very wise inner voice that will guide you on your journey of purposeful growth.

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