If you live in Boise too, this spring equinox just might be a little more appreciated than normal. We had quite the record-breaking winter and there were days it felt it would never end! But just as the sun rises each day, spring is here again.
The first day of spring marks an important turning point. Today, we will have equal day and equal night (the meaning of equinox)… perfect balance. Today is a day to think about balance in our lives, to reflect on that which we would like to grow, and cleanse our lives of things we want to leave behind.
Here are some points of reflection to consider as we enter a new season (write about these or discuss with a trusted friend):
And here are some traditional ideas to celebrate today:
Happy Spring, everyone!
I Am Me, by Virginia Satir
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me -
everything that comes out of me is authentically mine,
because I alone choose it - I own everything about me - my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions,
whether they be to others or to myself -
I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears -
I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me - by so doing I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts -
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know -
but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and for ways to find out more about me -
However I look and sound, whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me -
If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought and felt turned out to be unfitting, I can discard that which I feel is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded -
I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive,
and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me -
I own me, and therefore I can engineer me -
I am me & I AM OKAY.
This is one of the easiest breathing techniques that helps balance and calm us. Don't worry if your breath isn't equal when you begin. You can use this technique anytime. I sometimes tell students/clients to draw a little box if they're in class or in a meeting, and do some square breathing with the visualization of a box. It's simple:
1. Inhale & count to 4 counts (you set the pace to what feels right for you)
2. Hold for 4 counts (remember to work up to this, or shorten it, if it doesn't feel right for you)
3. Exhale for 4 counts
4. Hold for 4 counts (again, remember to adjust so it feels good for you)
The important thing is to try to get your inhales and exhales to be the same length. This will calm and balance your nervous system.