I’m (clearly) getting a bit of a slow start this week… Mother’s Day hangover. I still have high hopes for finishing the week strong. Doreen’s reading this week, with the Saints and Angels deck, is reassuring, too. As always.
Ooh… and I must get that book! Maybe I’ll get it to read while I’m traveling next week ♥
See? Good things. Good things. It’s looking up already.
The next Global Sadhana begins this Sunday! This time, we will be “Elevating Ourselves, Blessing Our Children.” It is not only for parents and caretakers of children, but anyone who is interested in the upliftment of children worldwide.
The sadhana includes a pranayama exercise, as well as a recitation. Also, check out this video of what Snatam calls “celestial communication” for children. I love it already! I can’t wait to show it to my little man. He loves learning new songs.
I’m very excited about joining this global community to aid children and their caretakers. And it begins on Mother’s Day… such a great gift ♥
“…Nature with her diamond-dazzling stars, the Milky Way, the flowers, birds, clouds, mountains, sky- the countless beauties of creation- is the Divine Mother. In Nature you behold the mother aspect of God, full of beauty, gentleness, tenderness, and kindness. The beauty in the world bespeaks the creative motherly instinct of God, and when we look upon all the good in Nature, we experience a feeling of tenderness within us- we can see and feel God as Mother in Nature.”
“One may gather great wisdom by cultivating the consciousness that this world and everything in it is only a dream. First of all, do not take your earthly experiences too seriously. The root cause of sorrow is in viewing the passing show with emotional involvement. If you continually think to yourself, ‘I haven’t lived as I ought to have lived,’ you only make yourself miserable. Rather, do your best to be better; and no matter what difficulties come, ever affirm, ‘It is all a dream. It will soon pass.’ Then no trouble can be a great trial to you. No happenings of this earth can in any way torture you.”
For many, the Spring Equinox is symbolic of rejuvenation in various forms and facets. The rebirth time in earthly cycles has come again. There are many ways in which a feeling of newness and possibility can manifest at this time of year.
Maybe you are inspired to undertake spring cleaning in your home- allowing the old junk to move out and make room for new things to come in. Maybe the milder weather and the prospect of summer on the horizon motivates you to get out and move around more. There are many ways to plant seeds during this season so that you may enjoy them throughout the year.
If the seeds you will be planting are literal, you have a great opportunity to connect with the Nature Devas. “The word deva comes from the Sanskrit language, meaning ‘a being of brilliant light’ and is used to indicate a non-physical being.” (via Soul-Guidance). They are nature spirits.
Even if you do not have a garden or grow any plants, you can send them a little love for the nourishing food that they help grow for you. You can send thanks when you appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature. They’re her entourage.
Take some time and include the Nature Devas as you celebrate the beginning of spring. They’re working hard this time of year!
Sooo… you may (or may not) have noticed by now that I observe holidays, holy days, holly days, festivals, and celebrations from diverse cultures and religions. I don’t discriminate. I’m an equal opportunity observer… where I find meaning and power, I embrace it.
Currently, one of my very favorite observances is fast approaching. On Monday, March 19th at 10:14pm PST, it will be the Vernal Equinox. This is the time when the dark and the light of the day are in perfect balance before the light takes the lead. It is a time when masculine and feminine energies are in balance. It is a wonderful time to begin new projects, sowing the seeds that will flourish throughout the rest of the year. We can benefit greatly by working with the energies of this time in our efforts to revitalize and grow.
Many (myself included) observe the Vernal Equinox as a celebration of the goddess Ostara- Ostara Sabbat.
Ostara/Eostre is the Teutonic goddess of fertility. She is associated with the rabbit (a symbol of fertility) and the egg (a symbol of creation and fertility). Perhaps this is sounding a little familiar now… Easter? Easter bunny? Easter eggs? The colors associated with Ostara are pastel yellow, pink, and green- soft tones that reflect the softness and newness of the spring.
So, this Ostara business isn’t so unfamiliar after all. The intentions of its rituals and observances shouldn’t be so foreign either. ‘Spring cleaning’ is a cliche, right? Time for moving out the excess and heaviness of winter so that new energy may enter.
One practice that I have observed every spring since I was living in Sedona is known as “wiping your slate clean.” Basically, it entails making a list of the offenses you have committed in the previous year. Make this list a week prior to the Equinox- write down all of your negative acts to family and friends, and then make an effort to right these wrongs before the Equinox. On the day of the Equinox, gather your list of wrongs and how you have attempted to right them… and then burn it. Clean slate!
How about you? What will you be doing to celebrate the arrival of spring?