“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
The enthralling cherry blossoms, the Eastern Redbud, the Southern Magnolia, the artistic red Maples, the Crabapple white blossoms, the Carolina silverbells… the list is endless. With thousand shades of flowers and fragrant rejuvenating breeze, spring is undoubtedly nature’s party time. Outside and Inside.
Nature cycles course coincides with our internal flow as well. Hence, connecting with nature and comprehending its signs help us to create an equilibrium. After the slumber of winters, spring brings forth a time to gradually wake up and experience renewal like after a good sleep. The gestation period of the seed is completed. It is now the blooming period.
Every change in season hints us to modify our habits of body and spirit care. Let’s align ourselves with the rhythms of nature.
While winters are a time of hibernation and heavy diet, spring comes to ease it and shed you off those extra holiday pounds. You might find yourself craving for fresh fruits and salads more in this season and not the heavy, oily food you binged on in winters. This is the way your body is telling you to cleanse your systems. It’s a perfect season to detox. According to Ayurveda, it is time for the kapha-balancing diet. Go for bitter juice cleansers. Go for berries, apricots, limes, pears and pomegranate. Limit bananas, melons, coconuts, dates. Dairy products might increase congestion, hence limit those or go for alternatives like almond milk. Go for steamed vegetables, sprouts, herbs and spices. Include legumes. Ginger, cardamom or dandelion tea is the beverage of this season. Triphala is the best for detox and balancing metabolism.
If you were sluggish in winters and that affected your exercise regime, it’s time to restore the schedule.
Include poses that stimulate, stretch and cleanse. Asanas like Surya Namaskar, warrior pose, Balasana, bridge pose, wind-relieving pose help. Spring is also a wonderful time to reap the benefits of pranayama.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Fresh possibilities and new commitments.
Leave the agony of last year that is burdening your shoulders. It’s time to bring in all your creative energies and focus on the new beginnings.
Imbibe the nature within you. Make your morning cup of beverage a cup of mindfulness. If possible, sit in the fresh air. Near your plants. Just enjoy it. No hurried thoughts, no panic-stricken mind.
Spring clean your house. It is not just because dust is aesthetically bad but it disrupts the energy flow of your house. Remove the clutter. Embrace space.
Spring Equinox is on 20th March at 11:15 AM Central Time. On this day, all the influences upon the planet are at equilibrium. including the masculine and feminine energies of nature.
El Castillo in Chichen Itza, Mnajdra in Malta, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Stonehenge among others are a proof that ancient cultures knew the significance of equinoxes and built structures that aligned with the solar cycles.
It is a spiritually significant day to align our pulses with nature and reap benefits out of it. Wonderfully explained by Sadhguru, “The equinox is a day to bring balance, to not be identified with this or that, not even being a man or a woman, not even being human or another creature – just to sit and throb as life.”
May this Spring marks a meaningful beginning in our lives!