Gathering the compost of your winter to sow the seeds of spring.
With this ritual we wish to celebrate the beginning of spring, to use the moment to sow new plants and to honour what we learnt and experienced during winter.
We gather our “compost” from winter - what we learnt, lessons and challenges we experienced, or simply the gratitude for the gifts of life. And we collect wishes - the “seeds of spring”, what we would like to see grow in the coming weeks. One nourishes the other, and by adding some soil, seeds, water, and time, you will observe the growth of new plants.
Here are the steps to explore and play with this ritual:
Ingredients for 1 person:
1 empty egg box (made of carton) for eg. 10 eggs
10 seeds of a plant/flower you wish to grow
Pen & 20 small pieces of paper
A partner, friend, or your children if you want to share this ritual (double in this case the number of pieces of paper)
Take a moment to reflect on what you have learned during the winter season, it can be through hardship that has transformed into a life lesson or gratitude for the gifts of life. Write 10 of them, each on one piece of paper.
Take a moment to think of your wishes for the spring season. Write 10 of them, each on one piece of paper.
It’s time to seed!
Read out loud if you wish, one of the 10 lessons you have learned over winter, or what you feel grateful for, and put it in one of the holes of the egg box, this is your compost.
Then, read one of the 10 wishes you have for spring, this is your seed, add it to the same hole of the egg box.
Repeat alternating, if you are sharing this ritual with another person.
Once you have finished, cover the egg box holes and papers with soil and plant in each of them a seed. Water it and place it close to a window.
Water it a bit every day depending on soil moisture, once they became big enough you can transfer them directly with the carton of the egg box into your garden or a normal pot.
Now you can observe how your compost-gratitude and seed-wishes are growing into something new.