Happy Spring Equinox (Ostara)!
The spring equinox is one of the four corners of year – Spring and Fall Equinox, Summer and Winter Solstice. These cornerstones mark the turning of the wheel – when either the solar and lunar energies are equal and balanced (Equinox) or in opposition (Solstice).
Our inner environment mirrors the outer environment. The 3 days surrounding an equinox or solstice are the most auspicious time to rebalance, take stock and regroup – physically and psychologically. Our bodymind represents a microcosm of the larger macrocosm of the universal forces which are always moving through us.
The same lunar and solar currents that spin the stars and pull the ocean tides flow through our body and psyche. The science of yoga is built to help us harmonize these opposing forces. When they are in “union” or balanced, we experience a natural state of calm, clarity and efficacy.
IDA NADI – Ida nadi refers to the solar current and runs through right side of the body, connecting to the left brain, exiting the right nostril. This is the more active, masculine, linear, yang energy that predominates in our culture.
PINGALA NADI – The left side of the body holds the lunar current, exits the left nostril and connects to the right brain. This governs our feminine, receptive, non-linear, intuitive, radiant nature.
Spring equinox is the perfect time to create a ritual of rebalance, which for most of us means cultivating our lunar qualities. Since our culture is external and goal oriented, it is more challenging to set aside time to tune into our emotional realm and give ourselves permission to simply BE instead of focusing on what you think you must DO.
To honor your moon cycle and lunar nature (for men and women), take 1-3 days each month around the time of the New Moon to schedule space for yourself with permission to do less and just be. (Also, known as “radical self care”.)
For women, the lunar current is strongest during our menstrual cycle. When we align with celestial rhythms, we menstruate on the New Moon (tide is out, emptying, releasing) and are pulled inward during this “moon cycle” – which symbolizes receptivity and darkness. The veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is thinned. We have more access to our intuition and deeper truths that may be obscured during active phases. The “moon cycle” or New Moon phase is an ideal time to cultivate stillness and silence, tune in, release pent-up emotions (darker or “Shadow” material) that inevitably accumulate during the month and listen intuitively for our next right action.
The Full Moon symbolizes purna energy (for women, this is the time of ovulation), which is a time of fullness, expansiveness and productivity.
It is difficult to give yourself permission to carve out one full day (or 3 days), but as you do it you will start to see that the emptying and releasing during your moon cycle is the fertilizer for your soul and will feed every other aspect of your life. You will return to your normal routine rejuvenated, more clear and connected. When we become still and receptive, we anchor in our full power and center. Our actions naturally flow from our deepest truth. We waste a lot less time on filler projects and only say “YES!” to encounters that deeply nourish our Spirit and soul.
Head over to the blog and tell us:
• How do you give yourself permission to do less?
• What are your preferred ways of just “be-ing”?