We’re almost there. The flowers started to poke up through the cold ground a couple warm weeks ago, and I thought, GO BACK, IT’S NOT TIME! I’ve been craving apples and mangoes and celery, the lighter foods of spring and summer. But it seems Winter is not yet ready to let go. That’s OK. It gives us more time to prepare for the transition.
Seasonal changes give us the opportunity to harness the best qualities and characteristics of each season. As nature cycles through the changes, so do we. The more we are able to ride the waves of change rather than fight against it, the more the seasons can contribute to our well-being. So don’t put away your soup pot just yet. We still need the warmth of last year’s harvest of root vegetables, lentils, stews and soups. But we can begin to think about inviting spring into our body, spirit and home.
We have a Full Moon on the Spring Equinox, March 20th, the first day of SPRING! Not just a full moon, but what they call a Supermoon in which it appears larger and brighter than the run-of-the-mill-moon. The Spring Equinox is a time of renewal and growth.
In the spirit of “being in flow nature”, we might take the time to contemplate the seeds that we would like to plant in ourselves, our ideas, changes, begininings, new behaviors. The physical act of planting real seeds too (basil, lettuce, arugula, beets, cucumbers) can strengthen your resolve to implement and grow your internal seeds of change, perhaps around work, play, relationships, quiet time, exercise, family time, socializing, planning, health, being spontaneous, personal development, spiritual grownth … Time spent in reflection on these aspects of our lives can trigger an awakening and spark changes that might not happen without intentional focus and Spring energies!
If you have never planted a garden, now is the time. Even just a pot or two. Its a gratifying process. I’m still using the thyme that I grew last summer and the pesto in the freezer from last year’s basil crop. Even a small garden, a few plants or pots in sunny windows or a porch is a great way to stay connected to the earth and the seasons.
Whatever phase you may be in right now, whatever is happening in your life, let Spring help you along, the winds of change, more light, germination and growth. It’s happening outside. Allow it to happen inside too.