It’s the Spring Equinox – yay!
I just got back from a glorious sunny walk with Millie and Monty at the end of the working day.
The clocks sprang forward last weekend and wow, what a difference it makes. Lighter evenings mean I don’t have to consciously plan a walk into the middle of my day. It means I can get carried away with work during the day and still have time to go for a walk in the early evening. 😀
Can you see the Spring Equinox moon in the sky?
The Spring Equinox brings balance – the days and nights around this time are of equal length. And the best bit of all is that the days will become even longer from now on, bringing more light into our lives.
If you take some time to tune into nature over the next week, you’ll find your body, mind & soul awakening to change.
We’re directly connected to nature. We are nature.
As the powerful shift of energy at the spring equinox creates change within nature, it stimulates change within us too.
The more awareness you can create around this, the more vibrant natural wellbeing you’ll invite into your life. Let me explain …
As nature comes into a balance, your body mind & soul will naturally want to move into a balance too. So, if you’re feeling imbalanced at this time (physically, emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually) you’ll particularly feel it. The strong energy of the Spring Equinox will draw your attention to it with big flashing neon lights!!
You can visualise this as being out of step with nature – if you’re out of step with nature, you’ll be out of step with yourself.
In my practice I work with the theory of the Chinese Five Elements. The theory is that the basic elements (wood, fire, earth, metal & water) are a part of nature and therefore part of ourselves. We’re inextricably linked. Therefore we’re strongly affected by these elements. The earth moves through her seasons, so do we. The earth follows a 24 hour cycle, so do we (with biochemical processes such as the sleep/wake cycle).
There are many associations with the five elements that I won’t go into here, but springtime relates to the element of wood. In the spring, trees begin growing after a dormant winter. The sap increases and rises up the trunk of the tree (wood) carrying nutrients out to the branches so it can produce buds and the glorious blossom we enjoy so much.
This is a tree on our driveway, I took this photo last year and can’t wait to see the blossom again soon.
If you tune into this energy, you’ll be able to feel a rising within you. It’s an awakening. Depending upon your individual circumstances, you may sail through this time with increasing energy and optimism or you may feel stuck and frustrated.
I usually see strong patterns with my clients’ health & wellbeing around the time of the solstices and equinoxes, because these are powerful times of change when nature highlights what needs to be brought into balance.
The organs of the body are also associated with the Chinese Five Elements. The liver and gallbladder are connected to the element of wood and therefore, energetically speaking, the health of these organs are highlighted in the spring. The liver is known as ‘the planner’ and the gallbladder is known as ‘the decision maker’.
This means that springtime is a great time to plan, create goals and make decisions as to how you’re going to reach them. It’s a time of new beginnings, new ideas and new fresh growth. After the resting, dormant phase of winter, new energy rises. If you’re in balance and connected to nature, you’ll feel this fresh new energy and will naturally want to freshen things up and start nurturing new growth and new opportunities in your life.
However, if you’re out of balance, you may have trouble planning and creating goals and making decisions. You may keep changing your mind, unable to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve for the rest of the year.
I would also like to quickly mention that the emotion associated with the wood element is anger. This is really useful to know around the Spring Equinox because it could help you understand what’s going on within you and around you.
Think back to the increasing, rising sap within the trees – this takes movement and a ‘pressure’ to make it happen. So you may end up feeling like a pressure cooker – irritable or ready to explode with pent-up anger or frustration. On the other hand, you could be deficient in this energy so much so, that you feel stuck, unable to move and unable to express anger (feeling rather ‘flat’). Sound familiar?
So if you are feeling out of balance, how can you quickly get into a new flow and embrace fresh new beginnings this Spring?
Well, that depends upon your own unique circumstances. However, here are a few general guidelines that will help you get the most out of this Spring Equinox and guide you towards vibrant natural wellbeing:
GET OUT INTO NATURE AND OBSERVE. Spend time looking more closely at nature than you normally do. Enjoy the new buds and blooms of spring. Sit for at least five minutes with a spring flower or a bud and really notice everything about it.
SEE NATURE REFLECTED WITHIN. How is nature behaving and how is that reflected within you? For example, you may see a flower struggling to grow between some rocks – it’s having to twist and turn in different directions to reach the sun – do you feel you’re having to do the same?
TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIVER & GALL BLADDER. As your liver processes toxins, lessen the load by reducing or eliminating some toxins in your life. Use this time to go organic. Buy non-toxic household cleaners. Reduce your consumption of processed food and drink. Choose to let go of toxic people in your life.
DO SOME EMOTIONAL HEALING. Are there any unresolved issues of anger or frustration from your past or present? If anger comes up, find a positive and loving way to release it. You could do this through meditation, visualisation, drawing or writing or anything else that comes to mind (as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else).
SET GOALS AND PLAN HOW TO ACHIEVE THEM. Spend some time in quiet reflection to really feel what you want to achieve for the rest of the year (or even just the next month). If you’re feeling stuck and frustrated and would like some help with this, try my e-course Body, Mind & Soul 14 Day Goal. It’s full of positivity, motivation, accountability and oodles of support to bring your goals into success.
Watch me – I’m under 2 minutes!
And finally, the colour for the wood element and springtime is GREEN. If you’re feeling stuck and flat, then try wearing this colour to give you the boost of energy and focus you need.
Have a happy Spring Equinox