Spring Equinox -A Time for Renewal

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Even if you don’t consider yourself a deeply spiritual person, the deeper meanings behind the equinox throughout history are still important, not to mention really interesting.

Up until the 18th century, in many parts of Europe, the equinox was once considered the beginning of the new year (it is still considered the astrological New Year, with Aries as the first sign).

In many religions, the spring equinox is an incredibly important time. In Christianity, the spring equinox is the time of the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus.

In Hinduism it symbolizes as “the beginning of a new age.” As the darkness of winter lifts, communities rejoice. People embrace the rejuvenation of the season.

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Mayans celebrated the resurrections of their own gods.

Traditionally, in ancient times, the equinox was celebrated as a time to cleanse out stagnant energy within the self and homes.

The word Equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night.

At each equinox the sun crosses the earth’s equator and is directly overhead at noon, thus there is a short period of time during which night and day are of approximately equal length all over the earth.

Regardless of where you are, both the spring and autumn equinox trigger transformation.

For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, we recently welcomed the Vernal or Spring Equinox.

Spring is a season associated with change, cleansing, and new beginnings. It is a time of renewal and growth, ushering in a renewed sense of energy.

Traditionally, the vernal equinox is associated with warmth, light, birth, and rebirth. There is a focus on transition and its effect on nature and us as human beings.

Science has shown us how plants and animals are stimulated by environmental factors such as temperature, duration of sunlight and precipitation.

These predictable changes that consistently occur in nature determine the onset of events such as breeding or blossoming. And just as we see renewal and rebirth in nature during the spring months, the promise of warmth and extended periods of daylight tend to awaken something within all of us as well, and we begin to feel energized and inspired, spirited and jubilant.

Many of us, regardless of our ancestral background, feel compelled to spend the first few days of spring cleaning, organizing and purging the clutter that has accumulated over the last twelve months.

And this is a good thing not just from the standpoint of enjoying your straightened out spic-and-span clean digs, but it also has a positive impact on your health. This is also a great time of year for “spring cleaning” your body and mind!  Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Get outside!Get physical. Take a walk or play in the sunshine and get a natural dose of Vitamin D to eliminate adverse health conditions including depression, anxiety, and pain syndromes.
  • Slow down.Allow yourself a few minutes a day to reflect and/or meditate.  Embrace the positive thoughts and emotions and release the negative ones.
  • Detoxify your body. Flush the toxins from your body by eating more fresh organic fruits and vegetables of varying color, eliminating fast and processed foods and drinking more filtered water.

Thursday’s vernal equinox marked the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere earlier than any other equinox in the last 124 years. As its arc across the sky gets higher, the amount of ultraviolet light from the sun will increase rapidly. Ultraviolet light and warmth have shown to disrupt the transmission of some viruses, however, whether it will work with corona virus is yet unknown. COVID 19 has only existed for three months and the scientific research is still not sufficient to claim that this virus too will mitigate in the warmer months.

Although if you have noticed in the Southern Hemisphere, which just finished summer, corona virus has not spread nearly as rapidly as it has in the northern part of the globe. How much of that is due to weather is not yet known, as we don’t have any solid scientific evidence.

Whatever be said, spring is indeed a time of renewal and letting go of things that don’t serve us anymore. It reminds us of a rebirth or reincarnation. It reinforces the fact that everything in life is fluid and changing and in order to move forward, we need to embrace the change. It shows us to appreciate the little things in life, the singing of birds and the blooming of flowers.

And as you spend more time outside, notice how nature is nourishing new life, and follow her lead – feeding the vitality awakening inside of you.

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Stay Healthy. Stay Positive. Look at the bright side of Life.

Madhavi 

It’s Now

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Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


I came across this quote and it left me wondering; do we really have to fight for what we want?

I used to think that whatever is meant for us will eventually gravitate towards us, just like birds who find a way back to their nests once the sun sets.

Have you ever had a feeling or wanting something so bad that you can’t stop thinking about it?

Is it okay to want something so desperately that you can actually feel your heart aching for it?

Maybe yes, it might even be a good thing if you ask me.

If you wake up thinking about something and if by the time you sleep, those thoughts haven’t ceased but rather only intensified then you must definitely ace up your act and fight for it.

There is a reason you can’t let go of them. Maybe those thoughts are your inner feelings, your gut instinct telling you to go out there and achieve those goals, or get that better job, or learn that new skill, or live the life you always dreamed of.

Maybe all the struggles you are facing and all the sacrifices you have made are actually preparing you to move ahead with confidence.

I have had my bad days and my sad days. I mean who doesn’t.

But I can 100% say that I have a resilient heart. I don’t give up easily. I fight for what I want. It might drain out the life of me to give up on something or someone, especially if that thing or person means so much to me.

I may back down a little bit but only so that my soul could align with the universe to lift me up higher.

 I always have this insatiable urge to learn, to try out new things. It’s never been about making tonnes of money, but rather of a personal, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Which is why, I can’t just throw away all the effort, hard work, those thousands of hours of deep thinking and the time I put into it.

I keep fighting for what I want until I can’t fight anymore, until giving up is the only option left.

And even after that, I fight some more. I just can’t let go.

I always believed that before giving up, one should think about how far they have come.

Not only does success require diligent effort, it also requires persistence and patience.

Learn not to get side-tracked by fear. Or distracted by other’s opinions. Or closed minded by what ifs?

Rest when you are tired, but don’t quit.

There is no soul mate, or a life partner, or a friend out there who will solve all your worries.

You are the one, who you should be standing up for.  

Regret is such a wasteful emotion. Time really flies. And you will only regret all the things you did not do, is when you are lying on your deathbed.

Don’t wait for tomorrow as tomorrow isn’t promised.

Do what you want to do today. It is the only time worth fighting for.

It’s the only time that matters.

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-madhavi

Better Parenting

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In a big city there were independent houses separated by a compound wall.

In one, lived a young techie and in the other, there was an old retired man. Both of them planted identical saplings, on their respective side of the compound wall. Both of them took good care of their plants.

The young man gave his plants lot of water and very high quality manure. The retired man however, gave his plant just the required amount of water and occasionally gave it manure.

The techie’s sapling grew into a lush green leafy robust plant. The retired man’s plant grew luxuriously leafy. One night there was a storm, along with torrential rains and gusty winds.

The next morning both came out to see the fate of their plants. To the techie’s disbelief his plant was uprooted, whereas his neighbours was unharmed.

The techie turned to the neighbor and asked, “Why was my plant uprooted by the rain, despite such good care, whereas yours stayed firm and strong despite minimum care?

The old man replied, “Son, you gave the plant everything it needed in abundance. Since the plant did not have to do anything on its own to search for what it needed, the roots of your plant haven’t gone deep down.”

“And I was giving my plant the bare necessities it needed to survive. It had no choice but to go deep down into the soil to fulfill its needs. Since the root of your plant was superficial, the rain could easily bend and break it. Since the root of my plant was deeply grounded, it could easily withstand the onslaught of the weather.”

Isn’t the story similar to the way we deal with our children, and our youngsters?

We get too overprotective and possessive of them. We end up caring too much for them, pampering them and even meeting all of their unreasonable demands, that they are incapable of handling rejection or failure.

Ask any educator and they will tell you that problem solving is foundational to a child’s learning capacity. Leadership studies as well focus on the same skill set. Good teachers don’t provide correct answers, as much as teach kids how to use problem-solving skills to arrive at a solution. Another major aspect of good parenting is discipline and respect. Instilling high moral character in kids, teaching them to treat each other with kindness, to stand up for what is right, and to respect people strengthens their moral fibre.

Teaching children starts the moment we choose to let our infant find the pacifier that fell just inches from his fingertips instead of scooping it up ourselves.

Give your child some space. Whatever age your kids are, allow them to make mistakes and teach them how to move forward. Encourage them in creative play. Kids of all ages learn most in the context of play. Make sure their play involves enough challenge and requires imagination. Eventually, problem solving becomes its own reward.

Allow children to experience failure. If we’re unwilling to see our children fail at a task, then we’re unwilling for our children to learn. Establish a solid support system at home so that they grow up satisfied with their achievements and ambitions.

By not giving them the space, the air, and the impetus to grow, by not giving them the power to handle responsibility, we are basically limiting their minds to fully develop and tackle issues.

On the other hand if we just leave them to take their own decisions, without giving them appropriate support or assistance they may end up making wrong decisions due to a lack of maturity.

Caring for our children is exactly as caring for our plants. Undoing it will make the plant die and wither but overdoing it will make the plant weak.

Surround your children with love, happiness, and encouragement so they have the confidence to reach goals. And do keep in mind that school grades are not what motivates a top student to succeed, but rather it’s his/her inner drive for learning.

As the plant needs the right amount of nourishment and sunshine to bloom, so does the child need the right balance of attention, inspiration and encouragement to succeed.

And that balance can only be achieved through wisdom and maturity.