Today is spring equinox. Night and day, dark and light are in balance. Southern and northern hemispheres are also in balance.
In the north the balance is about to tip towards the dark, and here in the south the balance is about to tip towards the light.
Yet the weather is anything but balanced! The other night the weather man showed how one front after another is rolling in, with perhaps just one fine day between them. He ended his forecast with the words, ‘Welcome to spring.’
The truth is that spring tends to be unpredictable and turbulent.
Do you get frustrated — wanting to plan a weekend away and once again the weather is choppy? Wanting to take a long walk but the winds turn you back?
I find some of my frustration comes from an expectation that spring will turn into summer at any moment. But that’s not the way of this season. Its nature is to be unsettled, up and down, first one thing and then the other—a bit like adolescence.
And so how do you find stability?
Balance lies within
Take another look at the photo above, of Rangitoto Island. I took this photo when I travelled over to the eastern suburbs of Auckland and had just emerged from the dentist. I had just got bad news about a treatment that was going to cost over twice what I expected and to take twice as long. Inside, I was as turbulent as the storms that had blown on preceding days. Outside, the day was calm and beautiful.
The challenge was to return home and find that balance within.
Help came from an unexpected source. I did an inner process that connected me with the growing, hopeful, optimistic energy of spring. Creativity began to surge inside and I rode a wave of new energy.
The problem hasn’t gone away, but it is balanced by a wave so positive and exciting that the worry has found its rightful place. Instead of dominating, it sits alongside my creative projects.
If you’d like to know more about the inner process I used, check out The Spring Attunement. Today is the launch of the Spring Attunement, in celebration of spring equinox!
And even if this is not for you, maybe you’d like to check where you need balance, and how equinox might act as a reminder of the action you need to take.
Blessings and balance,
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