3 Things to Do on the First Day of Spring
Whatever the weather may be outside, March 20th is the Vernal Equinox and the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere (Fall in the Southern Hemisphere). The Equi in Equinox refers to the fact that this is the time when the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north and the amount of light and dark in the day are equal.
One of the things that is striking about the Equinox is that it carries an energy of stillness that last 3-4 days. It is an invitation to pause; a time to regain balance and realign.
With this energy as a guide, here are three practices to harness the energy of the Equinox and gently turn your attention toward this time of renewal and new opportunity. You can take on these practices between March 20 – 23.
Practice #1: Take 5 minutes out of your day to pause. Pause and feel the stillness. Simply find a quiet place to sit, inside or outside, and notice the energy of stillness. (You can set a timer on your phone or use a meditation app timer for a more soothing notification.) It is rare that we experience stillness in the course of our day; experiment and see what it feels like. As much as it is meant to be relaxing, it may actually feel uncomfortable at first if you are used to being in motion. But stick with it and focus your attention on noticing the properties of stillness.
Practice #2: Over the next few days, experiment with ‘seeking balance.’ This may be a practice of balancing by holding a pose like standing on one leg, or it may be seeking balance by inviting balanced points of view around an issue. You can also try balancing the types of foods you eat in a day or simply standing upright with your eyes closed for a few minutes and noticing how balance is affected each time you breathe. There are many different ways to think about balance. Select one that is meaningful for you. The practice is simply to engage with the idea of balance.
Practice #3: Finally, plant a seed. I am not referring to a seed for something you want to grow in your garden, but feel free to do that as well. Rather, take a moment to plant a seed for something you would like to have grow during this season. It could be a quality or trait of yours that you would like to cultivate, a new skill or hobby, a relationship that you would like to grow or develop. Plant a seed. This is the perfect time to do it. Write down what you are planting on a small note and place it in your wallet or on a board by your desk where you can see it from time to time.
Often times in our culture, we are so used to doing and being busy that we forget that most everything else in nature is still a lot more than it is in motion. Make this Equinox a time of pause and stillness.
And if you have a great experience with these practices and you are seeking more ways to explore stillness and quiet, I invite you to explore the Brilliance of Being Retreat on April 30th. It is a full day of exploration of BEING. You can learn more at www.BrillianceofBeing.com.
Adina T. Laver is Chief Curiosity Officer and founder of Courage to be Curious, a Life Coaching and Personal Development Company. She is the host of the Podcast show Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, and organizer of the Brilliance of Being quarterly retreats. www.CouragetobeCurious.com.