Equinox Practices For Balance
Despite the lingering cold weather, signs of spring are everywhere. Fruit trees are blossoming, grasses are shooting up, wildflowers are blooming, and the daylight is lingering a little bit longer as each day passes. The vernal, or spring, equinox is here.
What is the equinox?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox marks the end of winter and our transition into spring. The word equinox is derived from Latin and means “equal night.” The daytime hours perfectly match the nighttime hours, no matter where you are on located on the planet. Today we experience a balancing of light (daytime) and dark (nighttime), the sun and the moon.
Many different cultures view the vernal equinox as the start of a new year and celebrate this transition as a time of rebirth and renewal. With this energy of fresh starts, there is tremendous opportunity to pause and reflect on life, let go of the old, and welcome the new.
Discover our top four equinox practices for balance.
The motto of this time of year is “out with the old, in with the new.” While the transition to the new calendar year often involves some degree of goal setting and hope for a better year, the spring equinox invites forth the opportunity to reflect and renew our intentions. Feel free to let go of goals or intentions that no longer feel meaningful to you and create new vision for yourself.
This is a perfect time of year to revamp your self-care routines, bolster your healthy habits and dive deep into your yoga or meditation practices. During the dark winter months, life naturally slows down, sometimes producing sluggish and stagnant energy. Take some time to reflect on your health goals and realign your daily routines with your highest self so you have abundant energy to experience the growth and opportunity that comes with the transition into spring.
The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.—Marie Kondō
According to Marie Kondō, author of bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” Do the things you own give you joy and purpose? Are you holding onto things that no longer serve you in your life?
Take some time to deep-clean your living environment while reflecting on what you would like to to keep and the things you are ready to pass on. This will not only de-clutter your living space, but it provides an internal and energetic space as well—space for new experiences, people, and material goods to enter your life.
Alongside revitalizing your living space, take some time to cleanse your physical body. This can be as simple as abstaining from coffee and alcohol for a day, or increasing your intake of fruits and veggies. Book a spa day and choose food that makes your body feel amazing. There is no need to do anything extreme. Avoid fad diets and cleanses that have a guaranteed negative rebound. Simply take some time to look at how you are caring for your body and choose a couple new habits to support your health and wellbeing. Your body and mind will thank you.
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GATHER WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY
Since there is no religious or cultural divide during the spring equinox, there is an incredible opportunity to bring people together and celebrate our shared humanity. Prepare a seasonal feast, have a picnic or potluck, make a bon fire and/or celebrate with music. Decorate with flowers and bring in the new season with joy and laughter.
SOW YOUR SEEDS
For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.―Cynthia Occelli
The vernal equinox is a perfect time to sow seeds for your summer garden. Do you love tomatoes, basil, peppers, cucumbers, squash, melons and fresh string beans? Or do you prefer to grow zinnias, sunflowers, cosmos, dahlias and other beautiful flowers? Depending on where you live, you may start sowing the majority of your seeds before or after the equinox, but there is something special about the ritual of sowing special seeds on the first day of spring.
If you have limited space, start your seeds indoors and find a wine barrel or gardening pot to grow your favorite herb or flower. Beyond the practical aspect of growing food, herbs and flowers, sowing seeds provides hope and supports healing. Observing a seed sprout, develop its stem and leaves, flower and eventually bear fruit connects you to the natural rhythms all round you. While you are creating and tending to new life you are affecting the world around you in a positive way.
If you are not able to sow seeds on the equinox or you would like to consciously add a moment of reflection to your experience, consider the incredible metaphor of the seed. What seeds are you sowing in your life right now and what are the conditions necessary for growth? Where are you putting your energy and life force? How can you diversify your efforts to create more balance or nourishment in your life this season?
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