Spring is all about new beginnings and, for me, it's a time of feeling calm and more in balance. The sun is brighter and the days are longer so that means moving more activities to outdoors. And what better time to spend in Nature than spring when everything is so full of new life? Here are a few Spring or Vernal Equinox rituals that you and your family and friends may want to try out.
1. Practice the 108 Sun Salutations. OK, so 108 might be a few too many, so pick a number that's good for you, like your age, a lucky number, the date of your anniversary, etc. The number's not important as long as it's one that has meaning for you. Not into yoga? That's fine, you can repeat a favorite mantra or read a beloved poem or passage from your favorite spiritual book. You can do this alone, or with friends and family, It's a celebration, after all, so the important thing is to make it pleasant, rewarding, and uplifting.
2. Plant some seeds, or a tree. Spring is all about new life. Planting flowers, a tree, an herb garden...all of these things can bring pleasure and you'll reap the benefits for a long time to come. If you live in a city or don't have space for a garden, planting a few flowers in pots or starting a window box with herbs can be an alternative for a small place. Watching them grow and develop, as you tend to them with love and care, is such an awesome experience, too.
3. Create your own cleanse. Clean your car. Clean your house or apartment. Clean out your refrigerator. Start the season off with a body detox cleanse. Try purging your kitchen cupboards of all the junk food. This may not seem like fun, but it can be. I always feel good when things are neat and tidy and fresh. Like I said...new beginnings. Out with the old and in with the new.
4. Head for the Hills. Take a walk or go for a hike. Spending time in nature is a great stress-reliever and brings you back to what's really important in life. Take your kids and go looking for wildflowers. This time of year, they're abundant in many places. While you're out walking or hiking, make a list of all the spring changes you see; new leaves, baby animals, green grass. Even if you live in a place where there is still snow on the ground (and it seems like spring will never come) pay close attention because you may still see the beginnings of a seasonal shift in the environment. They may be subtle, but they'll be there.
5. Set some intentions. Sitting in a nice quiet place (perhaps outside) start a gratitude journal, listing all the things you're grateful for. Being grateful for what you have has a way of manifesting (growing into) even more things to be grateful for! Setting intentions for positive growth and change is very empowering. So you might try planting seeds of intentions...of all positive things that you want to have happen this spring. Setting intentions is a great way to focus your mind on attracting the good things you want and deserve!
6. Self renewal. Make plans for a spa day. You can do this at home, or go to a spa if you want. Have a facial, get a massage, a mani/pedi, or get new hairstyle. If you opt to do a spa day at home, the internet is full of recipes for masques, body scrubs, scented bath oils, etc. And most of them use ingredients commonly found in your kitchen! Really, it doesn't matter what you do, or where you do it, the point is to make yourself feel revitalized and beautiful...because you are!
Spring has sprung and it's glorious...however you choose to celebrate it! Just get out and enjoy the better weather and the longer days, with a renewed sense of life and purpose.
See you all back here on Monday!