Let's take a moment and take in a deep cleansing breath; breathe in the sights, the sounds. How are you feeling? Take another breath to see where you are right now. With one more deep breath -- let's welcome the beautiful energies in the month of March.
March is here and it's unquestionably a time for new beginnings and change. I promise, March will leave you changed. We've survived an intense period from November-February, somewhat chaotic months with November and December having a strong energetic pull, leaving us feeling a bit hungover in January. January left many of us drained and lethargic; feeling the density of the level of chaos outside, there's been a rise in internal chaos. There's relief -- March is finally here -- Whew!
March brings good News! There is an abundance of 'awakening energy' coming in for the months of March, April, and into the summer months. While February may have been a fear flush where you experienced a lot of intense emotions and felt somewhat overwhelmed working overtime to free yourself from negativity, March ushers in hope.
You may recall the rare Blood-Super Moon-Eclipse this past September that hasn't been seen for more than three decades. Well, this was the closing of the Great Window. The Mayan Calendar saw the Great Window of opportunity roughly between 2009-20015, where 12-12-12 fell smack dab in the middle of it all. This marked a time for mankind to learn and grow, especially in lieu of all of our amazing technology at hand. With the internet, new discussions, awakenings, and shifts are occurring -- opening the minds and hearts of many, making us more connected.
In this mini Golden Age of sorts, we have the opportunity to prepare for greater things to come. We are faced with trials that are set to come before us. With all of our technology we've built, we can make the choice to let it hurt us, pollute our bodies, limit our capacity to think clearly and let it destroy us or we can use it to get prepared and become more fit to live on this earth.
This brings the big question . . . it brings alive the question of the Consciousness of Christ, which is at the heart of it all. Within each of us lies the opportunity to look within. March will shed light to help us awaken and learn how to become more gentle, loving and forgiving. It's a time to stop blaming, criticizing, and beating ourselves up for past ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Loving ourselves makes it easier to love and forgive others. March will be the time for acquiring the appropriate resources for doing the necessary inner work in preparation for what's to come. Properly equipped with the proper tools while feeling more grounded and in tune with our bodies permits self-regulation, thereby freeing us for living more from our hearts; offering hope for general compassion for each other and for our world.
March is Our Time For Change . . . it only takes 21 consecutive days for habits to stick
Here's Five Ways To March. . .
1. Mindfulness seems like a new thing, the new fad, a modern movement. However, mindfulness has its roots in ancient Buddhism and involves being aware from moment-to-moment. It's a simple concept; "to notice." The tricky part is getting out of our heads long enough to notice our thoughts. We tell ourselves that we're too busy for mindfulness. After all, we have homework to do, practices to attend, dinners to make, things to buy, bills to pay, clothes to wash -- all so we can do it again tomorrow! Mindfulness is not some hippie fad but strongly correlates to well-being and perceived health whereas worry contributes to mental and physical conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Mindfulness gets us out of our heads and we do so with the breath.
Let's try sitting with eyes closed, cross-legged, with back straight. With hands gently placed on the abdomen and with gentle awareness placed evenly on breathing in and out from the nostrils, start breathing for a small ten-minute period. With practice, it becomes easier to keep focusing upon breathing. Eventually you may extend the breathing period to twenty minutes or you may choose to add another ten-minute breathing period into your day. With patience, awareness of the breath can be extended into awareness of thoughts, feelings, and actions.
2. Awareness. Realizing that our breath is our buddy, we can use Mindfulness of breath for allowing us to access the body. While the ego has assisted us in navigating the world, it's time to politely ask it to step aside to let the body speak. The body seeks expression and when we fail to take notice of its signals, we suffer. It's important to listen to what the "symptom is trying to communicate and develop a healing language so the symptom has the opportunity to express itself ( Levine, 1991; Levine, 1997; Roberts, 2000, 2001, 2002a, 2002b; Rossi, 1993, 2002, 2004; Page, 2002).
Let's try carving some time each day for paying attention to our body and its symptoms which allows it to fully express and discharge, freeing the body's innate healing response. The body knows best what it needs to do, but we need to teach our mind to trust it, honor it, and allow it to lead and heal us. Blindly giving our trust away to medical doctors to merely treat a symptom essentially silences the body, surrendering our power and becoming helpless. The body keeps the score, so it's time to start paying attention. For more information on how the body can heal, go to http://traumaprevention.com/.
3. Release & Let Go. March is time to let go of what's no longing working in our life. Purge and let go of the things that are taking up space, preventing us from seeing clearly.
Let's try simplifying our living environment by clearing the clutter, allowing us to pay closer attention to what's cluttering up our minds. A calm, safe, clear space helps us to better recognize our negative thoughts and limiting beliefs. We can begin seeing how we're creating our own misery and pain by replaying past hurts, shames, regrets, and blaming others for making us feel stuck. By facing fear, we can let it go; we can gently nudge that stubborn needle and get it unstuck from that groove and play a new song, create new vision.
Let's try picking out a new journal and writing. Just write without thinking. Let it all out on paper. No one needs to know. If writing isn't enough, try practicing envisioning someone with whom you're reluctant to forgive. See that person in your mind's eye. Now find a sparkle of light somewhere within that person. Got it. Now expand it. Allow the light to fully envelope his/her being. Capture this new picture. See this person in God's light, emanating love and light and sending it back to you. Accept the light and offer that love and light back to that person. March is a time for forgiveness; start with yourself so you can extend forgiveness to others.
4. Compassion. Springtime brings life; gentle buds, new growth, vibrant beauty, and hope. March is a rebirth; time to start anew. March is the perfect time for tending to those tender seedlings, nurturing them lovingly, gently; so they're sure to flourish. This same loving care is what we need to give to ourselves.
Let's try taking time for nourishing our soul with good wholesome foods, lots of fresh water, healthy doses of sunshine, moderate exercise, positive affirmations, and mindful breathing to uplift and energize us. Remembering to take frequent breaks throughout the day for sitting in stillness, mindfully noticing the breath, and simply letting go, we can learn to become more patient, more loving, and more forgiving with ourselves. Treating ourselves gently allows us to become gentle with others.
Let's try taking some time to be outdoors in nature to get grounded. When we're grounded, we feel balanced and better equipped to tackle and accept whatever life brings. With two feet planted firmly on the ground, we are prepared to handle just about anything. Our breath grounds and connects us with our body, with each other, and with the earth. Our breath speaks to us, helping us let go of our "shoulds" so we may loosen ego's grip and gracefully let Spirit shine its light brightly within and without.
5. Hope. Above all, March offers hope; the expectation that certain things will happen. The certainty that tulips and daffodils will bloom; the vision that beautiful butterflies will abound and pollinate the flowers; the assurance that greater light will flood and bless our surroundings. Hope soars in spring and helps our spirits sing more joyfully.
Let's remember "No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Jeanne Bice
March nourishes the soul, reminding us of our power, love, capability & worth.