One week ago, 20th of March, was the first official day of spring. The Vernal Equinox–a time of beginnings and balance.
We’re given a fresh start as the earth wakes from its winter slumber. I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity with the support of the universe and all its energy of newness floating about.
This past week, I tried. I made lists and plans of what I wanted to do. What I needed to do. I got overwhelmed. And I’m happy to report, I used my One Word, and breathed.
I stepped back from the lists and breathed. I went for sunny walks and breathed. I went for muddy walks and breathed.
Then I found an equinox post from years ago and decided to follow this advice from myself:
I’ll sip my coffee a little slower, savoring its flavor, and watch birds gather on the still-bare branches of the tree outside my window. I’ll listen, really listen, to them chirp and sing.
I’ll go for a walk to see tiny, lime green shoots peeking through caked earth. I’ll imagine the seeds of my dreams growing with the world around me. This is the season I will bring my ideas into the open, shake them out, and dust them off.
Day and night are of equal length on the equinox, lending its balance to us mere mortals. I gave up years ago trying to attain the elusive balance. It leads to frustration. Life will always tip, sometimes just a bit, to one side or the other.
Instead, I try to be aware and adjust accordingly. From that same post, I found some advice about this:
I will take some time to look inside myself, find pockets of discontent and fill them with light. I will also acknowledge the darkness. I will refuse to tuck away the uncomfortable pieces. Because, along with the beauty of relaxation and joy, the ugliness of stress and upset is part of me. Hiding them or denying they are there is unhealthy.
In this way, I honor my whole self. This is, in essence, “finding balance”.
My random thoughts in (slightly over) 200 words.
How are you, gentle readers? Do you feel like you could have more balance in your life? Are there any new projects, mindsets, or habits would you like to start?
Happy Spring! 🌿 (And, to my friends in Australia, Happy Autumn!)