Happy Spring!

Art by Erika Pochybova-Johnson

If you’re a Vermonter (or a New Englander for that matter), outside looks anything but spring!  The air is frigid, the snow is deep.  But there is an unmistakable feel of spring in the air.  A lot is happening just under the Earth’s surface, and it’s changing the vibration all around us.

Today is the Spring Equinox, a sacred day in many cultures.  It is a day in which the amount of light and dark are equal.  Tomorrow, there will be more light than dark, and the light will continue to grow everyday until the Fall Equinox, where it will become equal amounts again, and then the darkness grows.

We are entering the yang season, and saying goodbye to the yin.  You may notice people driving a little faster, listening to their music a little louder, adding feverishly to their to-do lists.  Spring is a season of action, and it shows up in many different ways in the world around us.

It’s easy to get caught up in the energy of it all, the rushing around, the taking advantage of the longer days to get more accomplished.  Often by doing this, we lose ourselves in the excitement of it all, and find ourselves losing our ground, which makes it difficult to be present in our bodies, and almost impossible to listen to our hearts.

So I wanted to take this opportunity to gently remind you (as I remind myself), to return to your breath and your ground during this busy time.  Grounding this active growth-filled yang energy with your breath with the yin of the Earth Mother will allow you to join this season with more of you, with more presence, more consciousness, more grace.  And believe it or not, you will actually get more done, more efficiently, by grounding, than you would if you let the energy of spring sweep you away!