Happy Equinox, Blessings for Balance in All Things

The Spring or Vernal Equinox

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 11:50 p.m. EDT we will welcome spring with the arrival of the vernal equinox. This is the earliest the vernal equinox has occurred in 124 years. Vernal translates to new or fresh, and equinox derived from Latin means equal night. The vernal equinox marks the turning point when daylight begins to win out over darkness.

Because I had to know… There are a few reasons why seasonal dates can vary from year to year. The first is that a year is not an even number of days and neither are the seasons. Another reason is that the earth’s elliptical orbit is changing its orientation, which causes the earth’s axis to constantly point in a different direction. Since the seasons are defined as beginning at strict 90-degree intervals, these positional changes affect the time the earth reaches each 90-degree location in its orbit around the sun. The pull of gravity from the other planets also affects the location of the earth in its orbit.Β 
Source: Farmers’ Almanac, Spring Equinox 2020

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The fact that day and night are equal on the day of the equinox represents the universal need for balance at this time. The spring equinox is a time of renewal, new beginnings, and a renewed sense of energy. It is the best time of year to focus on starting new projects, getting rid of things that no longer serve you, and finding the right balance in your life.

With all of this in mind, I have a short equinox exercise for you to usher in the new season. This exercise is always appropriate, but the best time to pair it with the equinox is between five days before and five days after. It should take no more than about 5-10 minutes depending on your pace.

Work with the Spring Equinox for Contentment, Optimism, and Balance

Come to a comfortable seat, and weave your fingers together with palms facing you and thumbs up to create the faith mudra. Place the faith mudra on your upper chest, and begin to focus on your breath. Feel your body relax beneath your hands. At your own pace transition to a box breath where 3 represents joy, 5 represents change, and 7 represents connection to Spirit.

~ Inhale for a count of 3, hold at the top of the inhalation for 3 heartbeats, exhale for a count of 3, hold at the bottom of the exhalation for 3 heartbeats.
~ Inhale for a count of 5, hold at the top of the inhalation for 5 heartbeats, exhale for a count of 5, hold at the bottom of the exhalation for 5 heartbeats.
~ Inhale for a count of 7, hold at the top of the inhalation for 7 heartbeats, exhale for a count of 7, hold at the bottom of the exhalation for 7 heartbeats.
~ Inhale for a count of 5, hold at the top of the inhalation for 5 heartbeats, exhale for a count of 5, hold at the bottom of the exhalation for 5 heartbeats.
~ Inhale for a count of 3, hold at the top of the inhalation for 3 heartbeats, exhale for a count of 3, hold at the bottom of the exhalation for 3 heartbeats.

Returning to a normal breath, start to shift your weight to your left, and hold. This is the energy of resting, nurturing, and planning. Since this is the equinox, this is the energy we are moving away from. Take three deep breaths here, inhale contentment, exhale contentment.

Now shift your weight to the right, and hold. This is the energy of action, building, and implementing. This is the energy we are moving towards. Take three deep breaths, inhale optimism, exhale optimism.

Now come to an equal seat, balance in all things. Take three deep breaths, inhale gratitude, exhale gratitude.

Blessings for Balance in All Things!!!

11 thoughts on “Happy Equinox, Blessings for Balance in All Things

  1. Interesting and educational. I tried the exercise Julie but it sitting, (sore ankle). Inhale for 5 counts I assume means a long slow inhale? My inhales were shorter but the exercise was peaceful and relaxing.

  2. Julie, I appreciate your perspective about bringing balance into our lives. With spring “officially” here, I look forward to cleaning the clutter found in many places in my life. God’s peace to you and your family!

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