Understanding cycles

Tomorrow is the Vernal Equinox, the official first day of spring.

In Northern California, we are so lucky–the poppies have bloomed, cherry blossoms are opening up, daffodils line the hillsides, and the grasses have turned to a bright green. Bees swarm the rosemary bush in my backyard, and bugs buzz around at dusk. A moth flew up to the screen on my window last night.

I love the equinox, full and new moons, sunrises and sunsets–anything that reminds me that on this earth, we work in cycles. We have an annual cycle of 365 days, a lunar cycle of about 29 days, a solar cycle of 24 hours, women have a monthly cycle of 28 days on average, seasonal cycles happen throughout the year, and we have a life cycle, that lasts one lifetime.

All of these cycles follow the same pattern: birth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, and rebirth. This is how anything that is alive works. There are even cycles within cycles. The speed at which these cycles happen are varied from living thing to living thing.

When we honor and understand this, it becomes way easier and more fun to go with the natural flow of what’s happening around you and inside of you.

Is anyone else absolutely ecstatic that winter is over? Most people that I have talked to are pretty psyched. Personally, I find winter to be the most challenging time of year. I think most of us do, and probably for a variety of different reasons. I have a hard time during the winter because of the lack of light. Watching the sun start to set at 4pm is an unsettling thing for me, and I’m not sure why. Part of it, I think, is because going with the natural flow of winter means being inside, resting a lot, surrendering to the current state of your life, having an inward focus, and everything that has happened in the past cycle (the last year) is in your face. We become extremely aware of how we feel about past situations, whether we are ready to see these things or not. And that, of course, can be a pretty darn difficult thing to experience.

I tried, this past winter, to see the season as a positive thing and use it to my advantage. This is another challenging thing for us to do, because in our culture we aren’t encouraged to be “wintery” during the cold months, instead we feel social pressures of going to holiday parties, being super happy and upbeat and bubbly all of the time, and we feel like something is wrong with us if we feel introverted. In society’s eyes, choosing to have a cup of tea and read a book over going out to a big social event means that something is most definitely wrong with you, and you probably have some kind of social disorder, and you should probably feel bad about yourself and your life and yep…you’re a failure.

What? How did this happen? Don’t buy into it. You’re smarter than that.

Winter is also necessary because it gives us a chance to let go of everything that happened in the past cycle. This is a good thing, because then we can start the new cycle (springtime!) without carrying anything around that weighs us down, that doesn’t serve us any longer, that doesn’t contribute to our well being.

The good news–all of that heavy wintery energy is leaving. Spring is coming. Hell yeah! In my opinion, it is a very fun time of year. This season is one of rebirth. You may be feeling dreamy, motivated, creative, inspired, and ready to change the things in your life that aren’t working. This is valuable, so embrace it! Thankfully, in the springtime your overall energy level is rising and your psych meter is high, so you will have the physical and mental capacities you need in order to start new projects, make any changes in lifestyle, and clean out old stuff that you just don’t need any longer.

Do I sound like an astrologist giving you your horoscope? Or some psychic looking into a crystal ball? Perhaps. But you’d be lying if you said that some of this didn’t make sense to you.

The reason why I’m babbling on about all of this is because it has made a huge difference in my life and overall satisfaction. It helps me flow when I’m aware of and matching the natural energy cycle of the earth. It sounds so hippie! I know, I know. But it works. And it brings you infinitely closer to yourself, which is always a cool thing.

And don’t feel like…oh crap! Today is the last day of winter and I have SO much more to reflect on, so many things to let go of, and what if I don’t feel motivated or dreamy at all tomorrow morning when I wake up? It doesn’t really work like that. Many of us in California have already been feeling spring-timey, because it’s been so beautiful outside. Don’t worry about details. And remember, each new day is also a cycle–when we wake up it is a time of rebirth like springtime, midday feels summery, dusk like the fall, and once the sun goes down, winter.

Cycles are everywhere.

Happy spring everyone! Enjoy the season.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan :)
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:26:20

    I wish I could say that winter is over here, but, nowhere near close! We had another six inches of snow yesterday and I’m currently stuck in my driveway, lol. It sounds lovely in California though. Enjoy the emergence of Spring and all of it’s renewal. I think people find it harder to be aware of rhythms and cycles living in the city but you are so right about their importance!


  2. Brent
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 08:23:04

    Morning G. Looking forward to breakfast with you in just a few minutes.

    No question that we have a tendency to fight cycles some times. It does feel better when we just go with it, and at times, see where it leads us.

    You a hippie? Yeah, pretty much. Not a bad place to be …

    Nice going ;-))



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