The day grows longer, the dark hours of night that held sway all winter are now slowly, fading into balance with the light. As the days progress closer to the spring equinox the time of light and dark returns to balance once more. Like the hours of light and dark, life is full of imbalance. The pull of work obligations, family needs, and personal life all pull in their own directions. Balance can be hard to come by. It feels like there’s no way bring the balance back without neglecting obligations. Yet, as the changing seasons show, balance is inevitable. Balance is part of the natural cycle, just as imbalance is. The spring equinox is the perfect time of year to focus on bringing balance back into your life. But…how? Look to the changing season for guidance, there’s much the spring equinox can teach about the return to balance, and how you can bring more balance to your life.
1 | Darkness is Necessary
Darkness isn’t an inherently bad thing. It can seem that way, but darkness is really a time of rest for those creatures who dwell under the daylight. Rest is needed to recover from exertion and take recharge for what is to come. Do not fear the dark, embrace it as a time of rest and recovery.
2 | Equilibrium Doesn’t Last Forever
As the light hours always return to balance the dark, it doesn’t stay that way. The cycle continues on, imbalance returns only to be met with balance once more at the fall equinox. Life isn’t static. Some time will call you to put more time and effort into one area of your life over others. This is necessary, and natural. Let the imbalance happen, knowing you still have the power to return to a more balanced state once the immediate needs are met.
3 | Change is Constant
Change is inevitable. Effort spent trying to maintain the status quo can be better spent building changes for the future. Life will never remain static for long, new challenges, opportunities, trials and successes will occur. You cannot prevent them from happening, but you can change how you approach them. Let the change into your life, and use it as the catalyst to create something more than what was. Embrace the change that will bring you to new places of happiness and balance.
4 | Growth Comes From Rest
Seeds need time in darkness to germinate and grow. Personal growth also benefits from times of rest. Take for example the goal of increasing your fitness level. If you start with an ambitious gym schedule of working out every day, you will soon find yourself tired, sore and unable to progress in your workouts. You’re burnt out! Your body needs time to recover. It needs time to repair muscles and to grow. Take that same workout regime and add a rest day, you will find yourself able to preform better and meet more success. You’ve given yourself the rest you need to make changes happen.
5 | Warmth Can Change the World
Dead leaves, naked trees, and brown grass cover the winter ground. Yet as the sun’s warmth returns, as the ground thaws and warms new green life returns to the world, transforming it. To change the world you need warmth. In human terms this may be empathy, compassion or tolerance. Or it could be the fervent passion of activists trying to make the world a better place. In hard times it’s tempting to be cold. To withdraw into yourself, but withdrawing will not bring change. Change may happen without your action, but would it not be better if you added your voice to make change that much stronger?
6 | Shed the Old to Make Room for the New
In the spring creatures of nature shed their winter coats to make room for their summer coats. The old leaves of last fall return to the earth the nurture the new growth of spring. To move forward, the old must be shed. Sometimes it’s literal before you get your new material possession you may have to get rid of the old. Sometimes, you must let go of your old job to accept the new one that moves your career forward. The old has it’s place, and will always be part of your memories. Do not hold on to it so long that it drags you down. New changes and opportunities may call upon you to leave behind that which no longer serves you. Take that challenge, your past has led you to where you are now, you need not hold on to it any longer.
7 | Enjoy the Present
While the equilibrium will not last, that doesn’t mean it should be forgotten or overlooked! Enjoy the moments where you find balance! Times of balance may not last forever, but you can always look back on them. They will always be a part of you, a moment in time you can return to when you are lost, when you are pushed off balance. Know that it is still there, within you, and you will find it again in the future.
Nature is balance, and balance is a cycle.
Ultimately, balance is a cycle. Life will never be in balance all the time. Like the surfer, we must find balance no matter what shape the wave takes. Balance is not simply a moment in time, but an action. An action that calls you to face uncertainties, to go through hard times, through happy times, and return always to the place that allows you to find peace. Do not stop seeking balance because it is hard, because there is always something that comes along to push or pull you off track.