Spring Cleaning for the Soul

So nice to see the snow go away, the birds come back and the sun getting warmer.  Yes, the Universe will not let us down; the cycle of spring is coming!

Soon you may feel the urge to clear out the cupboards, put away the winter decorations and trappings to make room for the rebirth of spring.  Clearing your home or workplace will allow the energy to flow more freely and give a sense of rejuvenation to your living space.  It is time to shake things up, move out those things that no longer serve us and prepare to bring in new adventures, lessons and experiences. It is time to plant the seeds of manifestation and do the necessary work to make our thoughts our reality.  

However, just as our physical living space requires spring cleaning so does our spiritual body.  When was the last time you cleared your chakras so you could be more aware of your physical, emotional and spiritual bodies?  When did you last ask yourself the three soul questions:  Who am I?  What is it I desire? What is my purpose?  Before you get out the rakes and shovels or the cleaning rags to wash your windows why not take a few moments to put your spiritual self in order?  Here is a short and simple Chakra Clearing.  Happy spring cleaning!

 

 

Love, Happiness, SMILE!

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
 

Too often we forget how easily happiness and love can be shared.  In times of trouble, illness and sadness of our own we may not think we have anything to give to another.  If we are sending love and healing to others we may find ourselves feeling our energy being drained and we may feel uncertain if we can give any more.  Especially during these times we need to feed our soul happiness by sending and becoming joy to others.  In this way we continue the universal cycle of giving and receiving. 

Sending happiness out into the world does not have to cost us a cent, although if we are able to contribute in a monetary way to help others then do it!  It can be as simple as remembering to SMILE!  Have you ever noticed what a difference that makes when you simply take a moment to say, “Hello”, to someone and smile?  That little act of kindness shows someone you care enough to speak to them, acknowledge them and the smile sends them love.  Some may not want to receive it right then but it will be received at some point.  BONUS – you will feel better doing it too. 

We are in a beautiful time of the year if only we would look around and notice the beauty.  Have you stepped outside, taken a deep breath, gave thanks for another day and smiled?  Allow a moment of peace to flow through you then take that peace and pass it on.  Maybe you can pick some flowers and share with someone...no reason, just to spread some joy.  Perhaps you could use some flowers in your home to brighten up a corner, take some to your work place so others can share them too. 

So many times a kind word, a smile, a little gift, spending an extra few minutes in conversation with someone can turn out meaning so much to that person.  If we follow our higher self and let go of the fear or reaching out to others, we will soon find we are spreading happiness and in turn it will come back to us.  As Buddha says, the life of the candle is not shortened by lighting other candles.  So too with love, joy and compassion; when shared you are not depleted.  In fact you will find your own life being filled with wonderful experiences; the simplicity of the everyday takes on new meaning.

The more we allow ourselves to become happiness and love instead of searching for it we will come to realize it was inside of us all along.

 

This week’s challenges:

Spread happiness every day.

  • Here are a few things you may want to try.  Be sure to add things you do to this list.
  • Start every morning with gratitude – smile.
  • Walk around your yard bare foot to feel your connection to the   earth – smile.
  • Bring some flowers into your home, or plant some in your garden, pot some for your porch – smile.
  • Make a point of saying hello to people you meet – smile.
  • Take a deep breath outside and really notice the scents – smile.
  • Do something for yourself that brings you peace – smile.
  • Call an old friend just to say hello – smile.
  • Usually call your children, family on a certain day? Call on an off day just because – smile.
  • Tell someone you love them, they are loved, and don’t forget to tellyourself you are loved – smile

We are all unique and wonderful Beings of Light here to learn and evolve.  We will discover that during our evolution we will experience challenges that make us re-examine what is true to us.  That is okay, it means we are ready to move on. 

  • Be gentle on ourselves as we travel our path. 
  • Allow time for our own happiness and joy.
  • Be okay with spending time doing something just for us.
  • Remember to meditate so we can stay connected to Spirit.

Welcoming the Goddess Ostara

Who is the Goddesses of the Spring Equinox?

One goddess most commonly associated with spring is Ostara or Eastra.  She is the great Goddess of Northern Europe who ushers in the spring and dawn.  (You can see where the Christian modern holiday of Easter got its name! ) Long before the celebration of the resurrection, Spring Equinox was celebrated with festivals in honour of Ostara or Eastra.  The word East is related to her name as it is in the east that the dawn’s light arises and the female hormone, estrogen is named for her.

Ostara is usually depicted wearing white with wreaths of flowers or new greenery adorning her body as she dances joyously.  However, like spring weather itself her mood can change suddenly solemn.  She is the first warm spring winds, the birds that return from their winter retreats, the budding trees and fresh spring herbs and flowers.  You can see her presence as the earth comes to life especially through the symbols of rabbits and eggs, both thought to be sacred to her, that appear after the long, dark winter. 

During the Ostara sunrise celebrations were centered around growth and renewal and prayers were said to her in order to assure abundant crops.  Eggs were eaten and exchanged as talismans. It has been recorded that in early times during the festival holy water in the form of dew, or water collected from brooks, was gathered and those who washed with it were said to have their youth restored.

Why the egg and rabbit?

Spring Equinox is a time of fertility everywhere so it is not surprising that nature gets a bit busy this time of year.  The rabbits, which are well known for their ability to reproduce, are often associated with the fertility magic and sexual energy.  Did you know that the female of European March Hare can conceive a second litter while she is still pregnant with a first?  And if the male hare tends to get extremely frustrated if rebuffed by their mates and bounce all around erratically when discouraged from having sex…thus the saying, “mad as a March Hare.”  A side note about the rabbit is its association with being messengers of the underworld due to their constant coming and going in and out of the earth.  If you are taking a journey to the underworld in meditation, call upon the rabbit to be your guide.  Rabbits are also a totem associated with the moon because they hide away underground during the day and come out at night. 

Eggs were especially important because during the shorter days of winter chickens do not lay eggs if they are kept in natural light.  The return of this rich protein was cause for celebration!

The following is story about the hare and the egg which you will want to repeat!  It is taken from The Goddess and The Green Man website.


Let us tell you a traditional story from the West Country...

Once upon a time the Animal Kingdom gathered together for a meeting in a flurry of great excitement.  There was to be a Very Special Party and a Very Special Guest was coming to visit them.  The Very Special Guest was none other than the Goddess herself, and every creature wanted to give her a Very Special Gift. 

Now some of the animals were very rich and some were very poor but off they went to prepare their gifts, for only the very best would do for the Goddess.  Hare was very excited, he dearly loved the Goddess and although he was very poor he had a big generous heart - he was going to give her the very finest gift he could find! 

Hare rushed home to see what he could find to give to the Goddess - he looked everywhere, in the cupboards and under the bed but there was nothing, even the larder was empty, he had absolutely nothing to give Her, except for one thing.  On the shelf in the larder was a single egg.  And that was it.   It was the only thing he had left.  Hare gently took the egg out of the larder and lovingly decorated it and took it to the party. 

Hare was very worried, all the other animals gave their gifts of gold and silver and precious jewels and all Hare had was the egg.  Eventually all the gifts had been given and Hare was the very last.  Hare very shyly presented the Goddess with the egg.  She took it and looked at him and saw the true spirit of Hare.  And there and then the Goddess appointed Hare as her Very Special Animal - because Hare had given away everything he had.

It may be blowing snow outside but spring really has sprung!

Welcoming the Goddess of Spring

What could possibly be more wonderful than living in a country that is blessed with the four changing seasons? For those who find the summer too hot you are relieved to have the cool breezes of autumn. Who doesn’t enjoy the Creator’s handy work in the painting of the fall leaves? Then there comes the winter for those who wish to take to the indoors for time of relaxation and reflection after perhaps a busy and laborious fall. Even the most avid winter lover grows weary of the gray days and cold Arctic winds and meets the rebirth of all of nature in spring with gladness.  The world literally comes to life as the silence of the long winter nights give way to the cawing of the crows, the songs of the robins and the croaking of the frogs. The warmth of the sun can be felt, at first in small bursts, and its rays brighten the sky longer and longer each passing day.

So here we are, another spring upon us. Our New Year’s resolutions seem like years ago and the summer heat still far in the distance. However, it is now that we take stock of the plans we started during our introspection of winter. We set goals and welcomed the Universe’s help in getting them started. Like the seeds that sleep under the blanket of snow, it is now time to uncover those new ideas and plans. Yes, the waiting is over! All those seeds that were planted are now ready to be born and grow into whatever it is we need in orderto move forward into another season of our lives.

As with our garden, we will need to watch carefully to make sure there are no weeds that will interfere with our seeds’ growth. Too often we allow influences and distractions to take us away from our true purpose and path. Through mediation and reflection we can remain focused and sure of what it is we want to harvest later on. By being diligent in our “weeding out” of all those past ideas, notions, experiences, energies that no longer serve us we can be sure our seeds will grow and bear the fruit we desire. We do not help the seeds growth by worrying over how much it will bear tomorrow any more than we can reach into the future through worry and create anything positive in our lives. Instead, by taking one day at a time, tending our thoughts, our words and actions we can then appreciate this moment, find joy here in the now and in this way create the future we wish to have.

We do well to welcome the spring, black flies, creepy crawlies, bugs and all. They too are the signs that life goes on and nature has a cycle we can depend on. These things have their purpose and place just as each one of us has a reason to be here, right now in this very moment of time and in this place.  What will we do with spring, our time of rebirth and growth? The choice is always there. It is time for us to let go of the darkness we may have felt over the winter or the weight of the negative times and emotions we have experienced up to this point and let in the warmth of the springtime sunlight.

Funny thing is that we had this light in us all along but didn’t acknowledge it.  What do you think kept us warm all through the winter? What brought us hope when all seemed lost? What makes us strive to go through the seasons, planting ideas in the hope and faith of a fruitful harvest? The Light and Love of the Divine is always there, perhaps it feels like it is hibernating but it is there ready to come to life once more. Yes, there is a season for everything and now is the time for newness of life and love.

 

Tolerance...What does it mean to you?

The definition of tolerance goes as follows:

1.      the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with:

"the tolerance of corruption"

synonyms: acceptance ·   toleration    ·  open-mindedness ·

broad-mindedness · forbearance · liberality · liberalism · patience · charity · indulgence · understanding

The word tolerance can be a bit confusing. On one hand it implies that you put up with something despite your personal convictions. If this is the case are you quiet on the outside but frustrated and carrying negative emotions on the inside? Or are you really showing understanding and allowing yourself to be open minded?   Perhaps you find yourselfto the point of keeping quiet when you would like to speak out or even go so far as to turn away from the situation so you are not tempted to act out. There is a fine line between showing strength by respecting the view points of someone else or your inner fear of confrontation. Are you being patient and accepting or attempting to ignore the situation silently hoping it will go away?

There will be times when you will need to take a stand against those things you feel are not for the higher good and times you can agree to disagree. When the lives of other people and yourself are put at risk, when your right to speak, choose, worship in a way that you feel is true to you are threatened or when there is a lack of respect given to each person as a living and valuable being on this planet then it may be time to step up and speak up. There may be times when you will need to speak or act for those who cannot; a time when tolerance is not a choice.

It can be challenging not to be sucked into the fight. Rarely does this help your cause as you end up feeding the negativity that you are trying to avoid. It isn’t easy but it can be done.  Others may see you as being someone who is being walked on but remember you have to pick your battles, act from a compassionate heart and live your faith not just talk it.  Most often the judgment of others is fear based on their lack of understanding and plain ignorance. Perhaps you can even think of times when you were quick to judge the ideas and actions of someone or a group before totally understanding all the facts. Ego will often get in the way of your accepting of a new idea or way of doing something. Fear of being wrong, fear of being punished or fear of the unknown and what others in your peer group will think of you too often block you from trying new things or at least listening to another’s point of view. Being tolerant does not mean you are trying to be right or change another person’s point of view nor does it mean you are giving into their way of doing things either. What if it means stepping out of your own space just long enough to see where the other person is coming from, listen, respect them for their soul’s choice and then with your free will deciding how what they say or do will affect you. After all, you cannot control what they say do or think but you can control how you allow it to play out in your life.  Perhaps it can be as simple as stating, “That is an interesting point of view” and leaving it there.

You will find in this game of life that not everyone will share your desire to reach out and learn about your journey like you are and that is okay too. That is the time to step back and send them light, love and healing (even if they don’t want it) remembering that we all have the Divine within us…at least that is my point of view! Strive to listen to your heart and allow your intuition guided by the Divine to give you the words when you need to speak, the wisdom to know when to remain silent and the courage to act when action is necessary.

Namaste