Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

Today I want to share this lesson from my book A Heart of Gold. 

Spring Equinox Ceremony

Come with me into the woods. Where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.

–Mary Oliver

March is the month of all things unfurling, seeding, expanding and…

All things Magnanimous.

Doesn’t that word just evoke a sense of big-hearted love?

Spring is a good time to feel the greatness of your own spirit. It’s a claim I have attempted to make for myself and I have worked to pass that wisdom along to my clients.

The virtue of being great of mind and heart is a soothing balm for what ails us.

In Buddhist thought, the quality of being magnanimous stems from the loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity.

Questions for reflection during the Spring Equinox could be:

How can we grow more Loving Kindness into our heart?

What practices help us embody more loving feelings, each day?

Tell me, has there ever been a time in humanity where those qualities wouldn’t serve us?  Has there ever been a time where those qualities wouldn’t help us to let compassion rule our emotions and strengthen our hope for the human condition?

I highly recommend spending time journaling on this topic during the rest of March. Follow the breadcrumbs and see what magic you will encounter. Remember that journaling may be viewed as a spiritual practice, one of great self-care for the heart.

When you externalize your feelings, dreams, yearnings, sorrows and joys, you shift the way you process and think about them. It’s a cathartic and healing practice where your voice is allowed to take flight.

As we approach the spring equinox, the body, mind and spirit may become restless and anxious. We’re shedding winter and entering a new season so it’s natural to feel a deep shift within. We can move through seasonal changes through the art of being more tender and gentle with our days.

We need space and places to untether, to align, to come back, to dream again, to practice all forms of self-care and love, to be with ourselves. To really know ourselves and return to self-belief. To hush.

On the Spring Equinox, write down on a small piece of paper what practices you want to grow more of, ways you can bring more Loving Kindness to life. Bury the list in the ground, along with a new plant or some seeds, so that you can literally watch it grow this spring.

Have a loving Spring and keep peace in your heart.