The Spring Equinox is fast approaching – Ostara for those of us who walk the Wheel of the Year.
Do you already have plans for Spring and Summer?
Are you feverishly writing up your Spring to-do lists, checking your bucket list, making or made vacation plans, etc?
It’s certainly understandable after months of being cooped up during the long cold winter months. I certainly remember dealing with cabin fever when I lived in Pennsylvania. Wanting to get out, break free and feel the warmth of the sun on your face.
Imbolc represented the first stirrings of Spring. When the earth began to stir under the still, frozen ground of winter’s grip.
Ostara is all about Renewal and Rebirth. New buds of growth wanting to burst forth and bloom.
Does this sound a bit like how you might be feeling? Wanting to burst forth and bloom?
Life moves fast and in between your career, family, friends and all the plans you may be getting ready to launch this Spring and Summer, have you stopped long enough to slow down?
It is important to slow down in order to find out what moves you. Similar to nourishing new seedlings in Spring. The right amount of sunlight, water, and rest is a recipe of a well-maintained garden.
Are you operating on auto-pilot or mindfully living a conscious life? When you slow down, you are able to bring your gifts and talents to the table and create a positive impact in your world, life, and community.
I often envision our lives unfolding like a good book. Some pages may be more colorful and exciting than others but if we skip the simple moments in between, it robs us and others of the understanding of the greater story.
Ostara (Spring) is a great time to plant those seeds to slow down and live a consciously present life. With a shift in mindset and personal habits, this is simple to obtain.
Slowing Downs Mean Saying No – It goes without saying just how important creating boundaries are. There are thousands of articles and books about the subject. We are responsible for setting boundaries in our daily lives. The more you get to know who you are and the more aware of yourself you become, you’ll be able to discern when you need to say no to people, places, and things.
Another healthy habit to add to your wellness toolbox is to set a “time limit” on meetings with friends and/or co-workers. This can truly help as it becomes a time in between “to-dos” to reflect and rest.
When Life Feels Like an Uninvited Guest – Running through life and keeping myself distracted has always been my M.O.D. I do this when I don’t want to slow down and address my shadow. Those things I might be truly feeling or fearing. I then remember the poem “The Guest House” by Rumi.
“The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.”
Ostara (Spring) is a wonderful time to step into shadow work. As you declutter and spring clean your home, you can also declutter and spring clean your Soul.
When we slow down and embrace the shadow we pull the weeds that may have us entangled. We can then plant new seeds in fresh rich, fertile soil.
Surround and Ground Yourself – Create a magickal environment that invites you to slow down. Give yourself visual and energetic affirmation by surrounding yourself with the colors, scents, and sounds of Spring.
I work with what I like to call my 3 Essential Elements of Spring.
- One essential oil
- One herb
- One crystal
This Spring I am working with Jasmine essential oil, a Nettle herbal infusion, and Green Aventurine. Watch for my next blog post visiting all three of my essential elements of Spring.
In slowing down I find a quiet focus. I find deep gratitude. I find fearlessness. I find myself!