Thinking About Spring

Think Green!

You may be ready for spring, but it is still January!

You can imagine spring with the following guided imagery story, “Evergreen Spring.”

You will relax and connect with nature, the beauty of spring and be more open to the world around you.

Read “Evergreen Spring” aloud, very slowly, or ask an adult to read it to you.

The following is an excerpt from IMAGINE THAT!:Imagery Stories & Activities to HelpYoung People Learn to Improve Their Behavioral Self-Control, by Janis L. Silverman, published by Youthlight, Inc. www.youthlight.com

Evergreen Spring 

Close your eyes and think of spring.

Green is everywhere.

Trees and shrubs bud and leaves appear.

The grass is a blanket of green underfoot.

Vines hang on arbors, sprouting new glossy green leaves and flowers.

Winter is gone, replaced with new plant life of amazing beauty.

You are dazzled with the wonder of spring.

You feel energized and hopeful.

You look forward to months of gorgeous green

Followed by summer fun.

See your connection with nature and life.

You feel alive and excited about each new day.

(Pause; sit a few minutes and picture spring.)

When you are ready, open your eyes.

Remember the beauty and wonder of spring.

You, too, are part of each spring.

Remember all of the images of Evergreen Spring.

Return to these images any time you want

To imagine spring time.

 

Discussion Questions:

1. How is spring important to you?

2. Try writing an analogy to spring or another season. Ex. Spring: green: Winter: white

3. How does the very beginning of spring make you feel?

4. Would you ever return to Evergreen Spring in winter? Explain.

Optional Activity: Leaf Collage

Materials:
You will need two pieces of art paper, real or paper leaves made from
colored construction paper, two pieces of lined paper, markers, glue
and a pencil.

Select a green leaf. Either trace the
leaf or draw one. Cut it out of paper or cloth. Draw and cut out several
more leaves, or use a variety of fresh leaves from outdoors to create a
leaf collage. Arrange the leaves and glue them to the colored paper.

Follow-up Writing Activity:
Write about how spring makes you feel in your journal, or write three
to six words about spring on the collage. Share your collage and ideas
with a friend.

This was a blog post on a Writer’s Playground:

http://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Possible

Possible.

Say this word quietly several times.

Doesn’t it feel great?

Doesn’t it sound wonderful?

The word opens doors that you may have closed.

It creates an open mind and an open heart.

Consider what you’d like to be doable in your life.

Take a few deep, cleansing breaths.

Locate a quiet undisturbed spot.

Slowly close your eyes.

Visualize in your mind what you want in your life.

Perhaps you’d like more family time.

Maybe you want to write a book.

You might want to build a tree house for your children.

You may picture yourself traveling to an exotic place.

You may wish to return to school.

Take some time right now to picture your
desires.

 

Meditate

Sit quietly and breathe softly, rhythmically.

Focus on those “pictures” in your mind.

Consider what is missing and what you wish for.

Do this for at least ten minutes.

 

Journal/Draw

When you are ready to awaken,

Stretch your limbs.

Open your eyes.

Write or draw what you visualized.

Choose your top priority.

Create a plan to bring this element

Into your life.

 

Reflect

Make your wishes possible.

Begin today to create a space, a place

For this to happen.

Write an affirmation, such as, “I can learn

 to scuba dive by attending classes once a
week.”

Post your affirmation on the bathroom mirror.

Place it in your wallet or purse and on

the refrigerator.

 

Consider what is possible.

Visualize your desires once more.

Whisper the word, “possible.”

Believe.