Gosh only last month talking about this year of transformation – and yes the more we put our intentions out there the more we attract in what we are telling ourselves and others is the truth of our lives. And here I am tired from having overdone things yet again, uncomfortable through not looking after myself enough and yet grateful that I can turn within and remind myself – I am not my hangover, my human-doing or any of the multitudinous small stories and negative BS I tell myself about me.
Practice mindfulness even in the midst of madness
The reason I know this is by the simple act of meditation – a wee habit I forced and trained my addicted mind to take on board – it worked. Another great habit I formed on the road to recovery is ritual – so that even when I mess up there is usually something ahead that is likely to get me back on track again.
March is a great month for all that. The month of mindfulness, it hosts international woman’s day, national no smoking day and of course the blessed equinox – a blessed time in so many ways.
SPRING EQUINOX 20 March, 17.32
Spring Equinox is the time of year when lightness and darkness are in equilibrium, when the sun shines directly on the equator and day and night are almost equal and nature seems to be in balance. Equinox means “equal night” and anywhere on the Earth, given a level horizon, the sun rises due east, and sets due west. Equal day and night. Then the balance tips and light dominates the days. As the days become brighter and warmer, new life emerges, birds sing and we all wake from the gloomy spell of winter – spring is here!
With this movement and reawakening from hibernation we naturally want to stretch, to reach out, to sense what we want for ourselves from the abundance of the coming year. This feeling is a joy to establish in our lives, the feeling of the new energy within nature and the world. Every one of us has felt this directly or through the world around us, we each have our own memories of it. Equinox is a time to consciously re-connect with it, to meditate in search of a sense of renewal and direction, to heal the heart and soul after the darkness of the short days, to allow ourselves to blossom and grow stronger for the forthcoming year. Take this time to spring clean the mind, get rid of the winter blues and unwanted past influences, to concentrate on new plans. Just as those seeds planted when the leaves turned and lay dormant through the winter are now visible above the surface of the earth so the ideas we’ve been nurturing become manifest. Celebrate them in this new phase of life.
Many ancient cultures built their greatest architectures — tombs, temples, cairns and sacred observatories — so that they aligned with the solstices and equinoxes, which were recognised as particularly powerful days of the year by ancient civilizations, including the early Egyptians, who built the Great Sphinx so that it faces directly towards the rising sun on the Equinox.
This year it is also the new moon, symbol of beginnings, so with the beginning of Spring – it perfect time to contemplate upon your true motive, why are you here on Earth, what is your intention? Write it down, make a ritual for it and tell the world
I have often celebrated the equinox in one of my favourite places – Callanish and long to return. This year we are celebrating with a dear friend, Scott Young. Scott came in November and hosted a Cacao healing ceremony. Cacao in its natural state is not only one of nature’s most potent foods, it has also been used for thousands of years in South America, in a medicinal way, by shamans, so as to help restore balance emotionally and psychologically. It was an amazing day among like-minded souls, with meditation, music and dancing at the end. I asked Scott to come back and celebrate this important time of year.
Like- minded souls, are yet another key that I know keeps me on track and just before the following equinox I will be connecting with another. Seda, a yoga teacher who facilitated a retreat for me in Datcha July 2013. Exactly the person and the place I’d been looking for, I feel Seda is my Turkish “counterpart” and for facilitating retreats around THE ME I WANT TO BE, we work perfectly as a team with Seda interpreting the essence of the message into movement and breath through yoga in order to help participants make the simple shifts to authentic well-being.
Beautiful beaches of Turkey
So this wonderful seven day retreat in Turkey is something else that’s keeping me on track – making sure I get a little yoga practice in at least every other day, giving me an opportunity to spread my message and relax in the sun and enjoy the company of like-minded folks. Our retreat includes –
Amazing value at £550! I have always hated that so many who wrote to me were just too far away or simply couldn’t afford it. So everything I now do is aimed at being more accessible, to be able to reach a larger audience, to be of service. So it has been great meeting Seda and being able to work out a really ethical price for a truly great value for money course. (We are both available for one to one consultations during our time in Turkey – Seda is also an Ayurvedic practitioner).
And in honour of woman’s day I’d like to share-
IMAGINE A WOMAN
Written by Patricia Lynn Reilly, M. Div.
Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.
Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.
Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.
Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.
Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.
Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.
Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her precious life energy disguising the changes in her body and life.
Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
IMAGINE YOURSELF AS THIS WOMAN.