Spring is in the air…well, at least according to the calendar! The weather is telling an entirely different story, with NYC expected to receive a fresh blanket of snow today (Mother Nature must be confused). Sometimes, New Year’s Resolutions don’t make it to see spring, so if you’re looking for a second chance to a fresh start for 2015, then do so by celebrating spring with a personal ritual of renewal.
Today, Friday March 20th, the Spring Equinox occurs, marking the first day of spring for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere. The Spring Equinox is rich with rituals of renewal, and it seems that almost every culture celebrates the arrival of spring in some way, shape or form. From various festivals, to religious holidays and ceremonies, while we all may not greet the arrival of this season in the same fashion, we collectively celebrate that spring is here.
Interestingly enough, a Solar Eclipse occurs on the same day as the Spring Equinox this year, creating an irony of sorts – the arrival of more light (Spring Equinox) with the simultaneous blocking of this light (Solar Eclipse). If you follow the planets and stars advice like I do, you may find this article by local astrologer Chani Nicholas on the Solar Eclipse of the Spring Equinox helpful in explaining the influences of these two events coinciding on the same day.
During the onset of this season, we can appreciate the importance of personal renewal, as nature reminds us that this is a time for new life to sprout and flourish.
Perhaps, a personal ritual for this month could be deciding what seeds we want to plant and develop in our own lives so that we reap the benefits we sow in the seasons ahead. A simple way to do this is by making a Manifestation List. Write down all of the things you would like to manifest throughout 2015, taking your time to be very clear about what it is you truly want to see flourish in the days to come. Setting the intention, physically crafting your thoughts, hopes, and dreams into written words in your own handwriting is a very powerful tool.
Since my old soul self enjoys the sacred, ceremonial aspects of rituals, I encourage you to make this practice into a ritual for yourself in whatever way speaks to you. If you are having trouble connecting with what you could do to turn this into a ritualistic practice, do not fret. Here are a few suggestions that I find inspiring for this springtime ritual of self-renewal:
Light a Candle
Light is highly symbolic this time of year. The days are getting longer as the sun graces us with its ever-increasing presence. In terms of astrology, we are entering into the fiery Aries sign on March 21st, the day following the Spring Equinox. Choose a small votive candle with a scent or color that reminds you of springtime. You can even carve a word or symbol into the candle that reflects your intentions. After writing your Manifestation List, set your intentions ablaze by lighting the candle.
Prior to writing your Manifestation List, take a few minutes to quiet the mind, allowing yourself to enter a space of clarity and connectivity to your authentic self. A beautiful way to do this in honor of the spring season’s arrival is through an outdoor walking meditation, weather permitting, of course. Pack your favorite journal and take a walk through nature, focusing on the breath and observing your surroundings, how the earth transitions from dormancy to awakening. Discover a quiet place to sit among nature as you write your Manifestation List. Let the words you write sink their roots deep into the present moment, for the intentions you plant in the present moment cultivate your future moments.
Plant a Seed
In case you haven’t caught on, I’m big on symbolism. Caring for a new plant to watch it sprout, grow, and flourish alongside your own self-growth serves as a delicate reminder that change doesn’t happen overnight. Just like the newly planted seeds, your own seedlings of intention need to be nurtured and given the time and space to manifest.
Recite a Mantra
Create your very own personalized mantra to support the manifestation of your intentions long after you complete your Manifestation List. String a few key words together from your Manifestation List to create your mantra. Be mindful of your word choices, constructing your mantra in the present tense, using empowering, action-based statements, such as I AM, as opposed to I will or I want. Seal in your intentions with a mantra that is simple and meaningful, so that you’re inclined to recite it daily. An example: I am blossoming in all areas of my life with the support of the spring season.
Pranayama with Visualization
Pranayama is the control of prana, or life force energy, through the breath. Once you’ve finished writing your Manifestation List, stand tall with your feet planted firmly on the ground, becoming aware of the breath. Take a moment to deepen the breath, inhaling and exhaling evenly through your nostrils. Once you feel grounded and centered, re-read your Manifestation List aloud. After you recite an intention, take a deep inhale into that intention, filling the belly with breath and bringing the vision of that intention to the mind’s eye. With your exhale, send the breath down the legs and through the soles of the feet, rooting the intention down into the earth. Repeat for each intention on your list.
As always, mix and match these suggestions to your liking…there is no wrong way when it comes to personal rituals. After all…it’s a PERSONAL ritual, self-designed to speak to your inner being.
In the winter season, we hibernate and create a cocoon of sorts as we go inward, experiencing a metaphorical death. In the spring season, we witness new life growing forth from the dormant winter earth, reminding us of our own capacity to bloom and transform as we plant new seeds and shed old layers.
What budding dreams have been yearning to break through the dark earth of your subconscious and into the light of day? What layers do you want to shed as we bare new skin in the spring season? What visionary, personal or spiritual fruits would you like to bear in the upcoming year?
May spring bring forth all of the growth necessary for this next step in your journey.
Love, light & gratitude,
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