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Sunday Refresh

Springtime is nature's gentle way of reminding us to reflect and sometimes reset. Dora shares ways to do some internal spring cleaning.

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(air whooshes) (mouse clicks) (gentle music) Headspace Studios. (calming music) Hi, it's Dora, and welcome to the "Sunday Scaries." Ah, springtime. Cue Vivaldi's "Spring" concerto. The weather's warm, the flowers bloom, animals come out from hibernation. It feels as though the world has been reborn, and the media doesn't skip a beat in letting us know exactly what kind of renewal is expected of us. A deep spring cleaning of everything in our home involving a does-this-bring-you-joy test and aspirational organizational tips from TikTok. So, today, I would like to offer a step before you set out to overhaul your entire home, an internal spring cleaning. Here in Los Angeles, you have to look very closely to see the subtle differences from winter to spring. It's mostly flowers trading blooms, the birds of paradise swap places with jasmine. But in Vancouver, where I'm from, there's change everywhere you look in the months of March and April. I'm almost involuntarily inspired to revisit where I was at that same time last year. The smell, sights, and sounds catapult me into reflection. I like to think of this time of year as nature being a super gentle accountant who's helping me with a life audit. It's a slightly louder version of what we do here every Sunday, take inventory and make a plan to take on the week ahead. (soft music) Sundays are a wonderful time to sit with this larger reflection. There is a beautiful feeling of hope and second chances as we start to observe where we are now and where we were a year ago. For me, I'm allowing myself to marvel at the goals I've achieved, acknowledge some areas in my life where I'm still in the same spot I was last year, and forgive the few things that have taken a slight turn for the proverbial worst. But I do have hope that I can adjust those things I'd like to change and continue to grow the things I'd like to keep. Nature's accountant encouraging us to audit our lives is a wonderful gift, but we can often get ourselves into an unproductive or even unhealthy situation when we make a perfectly clean home the gateway to change we wanna create in our lives in the coming year. We declare the house is about to undergo a massive spring cleaning, where we'll sort through and thoroughly scrub every item in our home. Or we'll set out to organize our taxes, the likes of which Monica Geller herself would say, "Wow, this is intense." The goals are too big, and the result is often defeat that leaves us feeling overwhelmed, burdened, and resentful. (water sloshing) (gentle music) Now, while there is truth to that old adage my mom used to say, "The state of your home is the state of your mind," setting enormous goals or shaming ourselves will never work. The first step to spring cleaning the exterior things in your world is to start with the interior: your...


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