Thursday, 1 April 2010
Happy Easter: Rebirth, Re-Invention and Letting Go ...
Photo by Amelia Mary
Spring, April Fools and Easter is a time long associated with transformation, re-birth, re-invention. It ain't all about the daffodils, chocolate eggs and joking around: before 1752, England's new year even began on 25 March. In Tarot, The Fool signifies making a leap; new life, new adventures. As photographer Amelia Mary who's currently collaborating with me on an exciting re-invention on the Tarot as a glamorous female mythology commented, (she is shrewd): 'human beings are constantly influx in terms of our physical make-up and our mental development'. We are always changing, yet fight change. 'How transient and fragile our existence is'. But this journey of reinvention can happen at anytime, anywhere, to anyone ...
I've recently had to let go of something incredibly precious to me, that was fundamentally flawed. It is not an easy thing to do. In fact, it's painful. But I'm choosing to look at it as a chance to clear dead wood from the decks. As French philosopher Helene Cixous writes, these are "deaths-as-beginnings". It's a chance to let go of what you don't need, and decide what you do. This Easter, I need quiet time, and nice things. I'm filling my house with daffodils. I'm not just eating chocolate bunnies, I'm being given a real one - a tiny dwarf rabbit! I make no apologies for how girly this really is; I have always, always wanted one.
Spring is an excellent time to Spring Clean your life and renew your passions. If your idea needs a boost of inspiration, why not take part in Kick Start Your Venture led by Corrina Gordon-Barnes in Cambridge this April? Pamper yourself, give yourself and your ideas the time you need.
5 TIPS for Renewal, Rebirth, Reinvention
1. Spring Cleaning is not just about your physical space, it's a holisitic process. Declutter your space, your work, your life of outdated baggage. Sweep your house from top to bottom, and pay special attention to where you work - whether at home or in your own office or studio. Space-clearing is a powerful process.
2. Recycle. Hold a clothes-swap with friends. I'm only just returning clothes swapped with a girlfriend two years ago! Customise clothes rather than just sling them. Remember charity shops can't always take old garmets and often send them to landfill. E Bay can be worth the effort and make you a tidy little windfall. Why not set up your own little online boutique? Hold a bookswap?
3. Reconnect with your core values, your ideas. Make a list of 10 words that crystallise your core values in life. These are the values that shape your work, your daily life. How true to them are you being?
4. Revisualise what you hold dear. Cut out images that illustrate these values, paint or draw them; bling them up with glitter! This is also a powerful branding exercise and works well with a whole dream book full of vibrant images that represent your projects and work. Put the vision-map somewhere you can see it every day. Add to it! Have fun with it!
5. Release your fears. Take a leap. Go somewhere you have never been before. Stretch yourself. Embrace change. Do something brilliant!
As the financial year re-starts and we approach Easter, what regeneration can you bring into your projects? How can you Spring Clean your work and your goals? What can you choose to let go of, that is no longer helpful? Take the time out this weekend to consider who you really, truly want to be. And rest.
We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become something new by ceasing to be something old. This seems to be close to the heart of that mystery. I know no more now than I ever did about the far side of death as the last letting-go of all, but now I know that I do not need to know, and that I do not need to be afraid of not knowing. Frederick Buechner