Tomorrow September 22nd is the 2014 equinox. That momentary pause in the year where the sun rises and falls right on our planets equator – making darkness of night and brightness of day completely equal. It marks the beginning of the winter months here the northern hemisphere and denotes the move inward for most of us. Not just indoors and out of the cold, but into ourselves where we begin to explore our internal needs, desires, curiosities, and frustrations. Before we retreat, this day of the equinox allows us a pause and an opportunity to strike balance in our lives. An opportunity to see the beauty of both the dark and light. The joy and the pain. The hot and the cold. Balanced in both mind and environment, we can begin to move forward into the darker months with the light of summer still anchored deep in our minds.
“The ◐ EQUINOX ◐ is the middle point when the Sun is at the zenith over the equator. This planetary equipoise is a threshold that calls us to pause and for a moment feel this embodied state of balance before moving into our dance of light and darkness again. […] Light and Dark, Life and Death, these are natural states in the continuum of all of Life. We cannot disconnect one from the other, and we can not deny that both are part of the whole of experience. We must see the beauty in both, the beauty in pain, the beauty in the struggle, the beauty in darkness of the night as well as the beauty in the light of day and the birth of the new emerging.“
Recognizing the need for balance and seeing that reflected on this day is a given, but how do we honor this? How do we embody this change to bring our awareness fully into it and connect to that balance? How do we experience balance versus intellectualize it? The danger of these changes is as people, we don’t allow the full experience to wash over us and often lose the beauty of that exchange, regardless if it’s a positive or negative reflection of change.
I invite you to create a yoga practice around balance, exploring virabhadrasana 3, standing split, vasisthasna, head stand, and tree pose. All of these will bring awareness to the balance of things not only because the center of your gravity has shifted, but also because the difficulty of these poses has to be balanced with peace and acceptance, otherwise we fumble and tumble. If you need some inspiration – head here (love you Grokker..)~!
Balancing the mind is.. hard! It’s HARD! It is for everyone~ I promise. It’s not just you! Tomorrow – take extra time. I know it’s Monday, which makes this the perfect day for an equinox. Take time. Wake up earlier and have breakfast. Sit (without your phone) and observe the morning coming into your space. Laugh out loud as much as you sit quietly to work. Above all, be patient and present with yourself. Make a sincere but easy effort. Observe all you’ve become so far, and release into who you are about to be.
Spiritual / Universal:
Mystic Mamma (quoted above) has all the best ideas for creating rituals to balance out your heart. Please definitely do yourself a favor – check her out and spread the love!
Wishing all beings true happiness and peace on this equal day. May you be joyful. May you be balanced. May you be blessed!
| namaste |