A Time to Spring Forward Into a More Balanced Life
The Spring Equinox is a time of a time of rebirth and balance. Equinoxes occur when the sun crosses the equator when day and night are at equal lengths. A time when push and pull of light and dark are at perfect balance with the Earth’s tilt. It’s a beginning of a new cycle. Just as our Earth completes cycles of death and rebirth through out the year, so do we, some physical and some psychological, emotional and mental. We go through times of great productivity and of rest and restoration.
I think everyone can attest that this last year has been full of uncertainty, change and unbalance. The fear of the pandemic, economies shifting, regimes changing, and our personal lives disturbed in unpredictable ways. We’ve had to adjust and adapt in all areas of our lives, some more than others. It’s crazy to think that it’s been about a year since we’ve started this COVID cycle.
This last year pushed me to reevaluate so many things in my life and what really mattered. I was forced to slow down and truly get real with myself and the life I’d been living, to see what was working and what wasn’t. It brought up questions like, am I living my life’s purpose, my passions, and more importantly, do I even know what they are? If the world ended, what mattered most to me? How did my life become so unbalanced? How do my passions fall into a more balanced life?
I’ve always known that some of my passions are reading and writing. I’ve had a lot of time to read this year, but I’ve also really dug into my writing. I finished a manuscript on a fiction novel I'd played with for years and written and posted blogs. I also love all things spiritual, new-age and energetic. I was that weird kid who liked crystals and Star Trek, who read books during class and then at breaks at work. When I got real with myself and asked what brought me joy, what were my passions, these were the things that stood out. Here are some steps I intend to take to spring forward to restore balance and growth in my life.
1. Taking time to exercise – I’m not someone who loves physical exercise. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs, however, I’ve just started yoga weekly, and it has helped decrease the little aches and pains in my body, as well as helping me keeping a positive outlook (probably something to do with that mind/body/spirit connection.) I don’t know why it works, but it does.
2. Writing every day – I’m a writer. I write fiction, blogs and poems. I’ve belonged to a writer’s group/class for the last year and this has given me the confidence and community to push through my fears of putting myself out there. Hence, discovering and using Vocal Media! A daily commitment to write something, big or small, will help me focus on my passion and feeling more balanced.
3. Creating and maintaining healthier eating habits – Okay, who seriously has not fallen off the eating healthy bandwagon during COVID? Here in the U.S., with all the restaurants closed and lockdown initiated, ordering in has become even more accessible (at least where I live.) You think with all this free time we’d cook more. My intention to create more balance is to eat healthier and the good thing, I can have groceries delivered just as easy as ordering UberEATS or GrubHub. And with Spring arriving, I can look up new, healthy recipes full of fresh fruits and veggies.
4. Connecting with likeminded communities – Being isolated has been hard, but we are seeing more and more online communities flourishing. I just joined a few writing and spiritual groups, one including The Vocal Creators Lounge of Facebook. This has helped me connect with like minded people and spur me on focusing on one of my passions, Writing! As well as planting the seeds of connecting with community.
5. Meditating – I’ve always been an advocate of meditation. I know it’s not for everyone, but ever since my ninth-grade health class where our teacher taught us breathing techniques to help with stress, it pushed me to look into different healing modalities. I recently received my Reiki Masters Certification this last year, which has been such a deepening personal journey. Continuing the health of my spiritual wellbeing, as well as my physical and emotional is another step in maintaining balance.
6. Being in nature – This sounds simple, but I live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains, and rains, and rains and is cloudy what feels like ninety percent of the time. It’s easy to stay inside with a cozy book, an electric blanket and a cup of tea. But the Pacific Northwest is beautiful place. Where I'm located it's an hour or two from the Mountains or the Pacific Ocean. Lots of nature trails abound. One of my intentions is to get out in nature more, and with Spring here, it’s a perfect time to connect with our great mother, Nature!
The Spring Equinox is a perfect time in our never-ending cycle to start thinking and planning on personal growth and balance. It’s a time to plant the seeds of our intentions and what we want to manifest, just like mother nature plants the seeds of new growth. The beginning of spring is a powerful time to examine how we can be more balanced in our life. I wonder if any of you out there reading this have examined where your life can be more balanced? If not, I invite you to do so and then think of some steps to help you on your journey to a more balanced life.
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About the author
I am a Writer, a Lover of Books, a Mother & an Usui Reiki Master who loves to read & write & all things Universal. Words move me, inform me, inspire me.
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