Spring is just around the corner. The spring equinox is on March 20, 2015.
Everything in our world flows to the patterns found in Mother Nature’s cycles. As we align our homes and mindset to these cycles, it nourishes and refreshes our lives.
Each season contains a certain rhythm that teaches us how to live in balance and beauty. In order to become connected to these rhythms, the Chinese system used in Feng Shui uses 5 elements, which provide valuable information related to seasons of the year. The elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal correspond to the seasons. An additional brief season between summer and autumn is introduced in many Eastern teachings, which explains how the 5 elements work with our western view of only 4 seasons. What is springtime about?
Spring is the time of the year that is bursting forth of the new growth and awakening of your new desires that arise from the winter’s rest and renewal. It is also a time of new beginnings and of balance. The spring equinox is a shift in balance of day and night and as the equinox gets closer and closer to its arrival of near perfect equilibrium. There is a very strong and sudden movement in the scales that brings an apart new change. With that new balance, there is also point of chaos. This new alignment is often a sudden shift that can leave us feeling wobbly and unsure of our step; or that the rug is being pulled out from under us. You may, or will soon start to, experience significant energetic shifts over the next several weeks as the spring’s explosive energy often brings. To the key is to ground your energy each and every day. Send those grounding cords from the soles of your feet and tailbone into the center of the earth. You can also ground by getting outdoors and taking a walk or hike.
Spring is a time of new beginnings. It is the time to plant the seeds of our dreams and to nourish the soil (the activities) that will support our goals. The element of wood energy becomes dominant; its energy moves downward and upward like the first saplings of green plants. It is a time of explosion. As we begin to see the world awakening from its slumbering sleep into a re-awakening of life, the colors green and other bright jewel tones of spring’s flowers are all around. It is a time of regeneration. To take part of this energy, add visible signs of progress and vitality into your home by repainting a wall, repairing a broken chair or by substituting the winter’s colors with accent colors of the various shades of greens or other bright jeweled colors found in the spring’s buds. Create a feeling of freshness as you open the doors and window, allowing the seasonal winds to dance lightness into your environments. As you spring clean, store away the items of winter and replace them with a tall cylinder shaped vase (springs’ energy is characterized by this shape) filled with fresh tall stemmed flowers and watch the magic of creativity and productivity take hold.
7 Ideas for Aligning to Spring in your Home and your Life
- Add the Colors of spring to your home and wardrobe which include the bright jewel tones of the blooming flowers that are all around you. In addition, the color green is a very important color. The yellowish-greens are some of my favorites – as they are the first colors that emerge out of the winter’s slumber.
- Spring cleaning, room by room, as you open the doors and windows to allow the stagnant air of winter to be released, invite the new winds of change in your home and spirit. Use lemon or orange citrus aromatherapy or lavender to invite the good spirits in.
- Change your sheets and take out your trash bins more often is a great way to get the old energy of winter moving into new and creative places.
- Move or fling away 27 things per day for 27 days encourages moving forward into action.
- Take up the heavy rugs on your floors and the shawls and pillows on your beds, sofa and chairs
- Take short walks in the morning and at night to help you move the energy within your own body and mind.
- Plant new seeds. Just like a garden, spring is the perfect time to plant those new seeds of your desires/goals/dreams. Ask yourself what has begun to grow this New Year that I want to work on harvesting in my life? Make a list of these and steps as to how to bring them into fruition on your calendar.