Today is the Vernal Equinox, or Ostara, for most of my readers, and the Autumnal Equinox for those of you in the south. Many of us will mark this day in some way with ritual, meditation, feasting or a little bit of fun with eggs! As well as marking the "official" beginning of spring, the equinox is seen as a time of balance, and this year the moon is at an almost perfect time of balance between new and full, as well. So we should all be feeling great! If you're like me, I'm sure you have up days and down days, lots of busy days, and maybe some lonely or boring ones, too. For me, maintaining balance isn't always simple. I can easily get depressed, discouraged, lethargic or anxious about the future, but I am getting better at maintaining my balance for longer and regaining it more quickly.
I am learning what works for me, and it isn't just one "miracle thing". I am highly suspicious of anyone who says that their "miracle thing" will fix me once and for all. What the years have taught me is an assortment of things that work for me. Depending on how things are going, my personal list of helpers includes Bach Remedies, aromatherapy, EFT, and the occasional dash of Release Technique/Sedona Method. None of these things are really core practices for me, although they might be for some people. My core practices are meditation, prayer, and also things like good nutrition, exercise and contact with nature. Sometimes it's easy to keep some of these up, and sometimes it's easy to keep them all up -- and occasionally it's hard to even get out of bed in the morning.
I've written a couple of times, recently, about my involvement with the new Solitary Druid Fellowship project. (See Life on and Island and Sacred Stewardship) and how finding more rhythm to my practice is proving helpful to me. Earlier, in Accepting the Salmon's Gift, I also described the process of creating ways to encourage myself to do things like say a prayer or meditate more regularly. Sometimes, I need inspiration to do these things, and so creating a beautiful image or poetic words helps draw me toward the thing I need. At other times, the issue is simply that I need a reminder, or I forget all about my good intentions. I need something on the wall, on my desk, my fridge door, by my bed, etc. to remind me. If it is also beautiful, then my inspiration is there, too. Over time, habits develop, and these short moments that punctuate my day are becoming second nature, and giving me more rhythm and balance.
There are now six guided meditation cards, and four prayer cards in the webshop, which I have created to help others in their search for daily rhythm and inner balance. I have grouped them in various ways that I hope will be appealing, or you can buy them singly in any combination you wish. I know that some people only want the meditation cards, so you can buy them in separate set, and now I also offer the four prayer cards as a set, for those of you who would like to explore their use.
Well, that's enough from me for today. Have a great equinox, everybody! <3 Kris