"The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase." - E.B. White, "Hot Weather," One Man's Meat, 1944
March is the month that welcomes the rebirth of spring and celebrates fertility as nature renews itself. This month spend some time outside. Go for a hike or take a walk and let your spirit soar in celebration of the new life that surrounds you.
Spring cleaning is a theme for March especially if the muck of life is weighing you down. Use the positive energy of this month to set your life in order. Walk around your space and look at your possessions. Look at all the things you have never used. Do you really need all this junk? Space clearing is the act of making a space more livable by working with the energy within that space. The more space you make, the more room for new energy to fill. This month is the perfect time to throw out the clutter and clean.
If the task seems daunting, use the divide and conquer approach by choosing one room to focus on and clear out the clutter. Make piles for trash, recycling and the donation center and get rid of all the junk. Then clean. For added energy, employ the power of scent by using an herbal infusing to your wash water.
Scents have been utilized for thousands of years. As early as 7000 BC, man used fragrant ointments from oils and plants. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese all used essential oils not only for bathing and perfume, but also for healing.
Scent can affect your mood, your memory, in fact, your entire sense of well-being. The olfactory nerves are connected directly with your brain, where scent impulses create instant memories and reactions. Scents can bring on feelings of peace, a sense of tranquility or induce good night's sleep. We can't help but respond to comforting smells like apple-cinnamon pie, be lifted by the invigorating scent of lemon, lime or tangerine, or think of love with the fragrance of rose and vanilla. Carry a spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil and spritz yourself throughout the day to lift your spirit.
To harness the power of scent while cleaning, simply choose your herb and make a strong infusion to add to your washing water. Use two teaspoons dried herbs or six teaspoons fresh herbs per cup of cold water. Bring the mixture to a boil. Let simmer for ten minutes then cool. Strain out the organic matter and add the infusion to your wash water.
If your life feels stuck or things just aren’t going according to plan, you may want to try smudging your home or workspace with sage to clear out the old energy. For centuries smudging, the burning of aromatic herbs, has been a common practice for purifying objects and locations. Smudging will clear a room or area of any old or stagnant energy.
To smudge a room, simply walk around the room wafting smoke into each corner. Sage and sweet grass are popular smudging herbs used for cleansing, balance and purification. Smudging calls positive energy into a space while removing negative energy. It is the spiritual equivalents to bathing. This is a great way to clear depression, stress or the energy where an illness occurred. You can also use this method when moving into a new home to clear the energy of the previous resident.
If you’ve had an especially bad day, you can use sage to purify yourself. Light a sage wand and smudge yourself by wafting smoke around and stepping through it.
A good diet, daily exercise, the practice of yoga and daily meditation are also wonderful vehicles to a healthier life. Our bodies are so much more than meets the eye. Of course we are flesh, blood and bone but we are also Spirit and we need to make it a priority to nourish our spirit. It’s in the small moments we come to Spirit. When we welcome the day, share a laugh, appreciate our blessings, we find the divine. When we are thankful for what we have and all the potential we have to be, when we celebrate our friends and loved ones, or take a conscious breath we wake to the divine. This is the time to reconnect with nature. Utilizing the elements of the natural world in a conscious way to further our spiritual connections we enable ourselves to better observe the emerging life that is unfolding all around us on this awesome planet we call home.