Today signifies great change, rebirth, and growth. It is the day in our year where we shift from darkness into light, cold to warmth. Today is the Spring Equinox for those of us in the northern hemisphere, a day that has great meaning, but is rarely given much thought on its own.
What does it actually mean? Today is one of two days in the year where the length of daytime and nighttime will be nearly the same 12 hours all over the world, as the earth is positioned so the sun shines directly on the equator. The time we spend in the light and the dark will now transition into greater amounts of daytime, as we move toward summer.
Today truly marks the duality between light and dark, turning away from a cold, harsh winter and into a light-filled, blossoming spring. The change between these two seasons is stark and usually brings a lot of significance, both culturally and personally.
Collectively, we celebrate new beginnings around this time, across religion or borders, we look at this period as a time of rebirth, letting go, opening to new life. With holidays like Easter, Passover, Holi, Nowruz, Shunbun no Hi, Mother’s Day, and many others around the world.
In our personal lives, many of us feel this seasonal change as a time for great inner growth and a time to shift out of our old ways, into patterns that are more beneficial for us. As humans, we are constantly searching for growth and ways to better ourselves. This time is the embodiment of those aspirations, allowing us the motivation and push we oftentimes need.
So, how can we harness the power of this day and our own potential power to fully prepare and excel in this new season?
Celebrate the earth- spring reminds us how powerful and supportive our world is. When everything around us bursts into life, revitalised and renewed, we are inspired to do so as well. Today, take a few moments to show gratitude for the world around us, the earth that gives us life.
Allow more light in- literally, there will be more daylight today, so take advantage of it! Get some sun, open your blinds, be near windows, take a stroll.
Celebrate the mothers in your life- though it is not quite mother’s day, today can be a warm-up, spending a few moments in gratitude for those who have mothered us, those who bring guidance, love, and light into our lives, in whatever role or capacity.
Celebrate your own ability to grow. Take a look at how far you’ve come, how resilient and strong you are. Celebrate yourself and your capacity for re-birth.
Revisit your intentions for 2017. How are you feeling about your goals or intentions? Were they misguided? Have you come off course? Are you right on track? Were they truly the intentions you needed to set? Take a moment to re-evaluate. You may be on a different path than you anticipated, and that is okay.
Take stock of relationships- are all of the relationships in your life bringing in love and growth or do some drain you? Take note of the people and energy you are surrounding yourself with
Make Space! “Spring cleaning” definitely has its merits beyond organisation. De-cluttering in our physical world allows us to let go of what no longer serves us, allowing space for all that is to come in our lives.
Open the windows as often as possible
Go through your home from top to bottom- look at every space
Try meditation (or mindfulness!) Allowing space for reflection and understanding of ourselves is one of the best practices in self-love, allowing us to grow into our potential
Move your body! Clear away winter debris in your physical life, bring in more energy for this new season
Re-align your self-talk. Be mindful of how you think of yourself- and how you speak to yourself. Are you the kindest, most loving person to yourself? Try reminding yourself that:
You are loved
You are worthy
You are forgiven
You are inspirational
You are a great ____ (whatever it may be that you need to hear)
Tell your Story! Today is also World Storytelling Day. Take time to think about your story and share it with others! You never know who you might inspire, help, or heal.
Let us know your Spring Equinox plans and thoughts in the comments below!
Happy sharing and happy growing!