There's seems no better a time to honor the Earth than in the season of Spring!
Spring shines her light on new life. Ideas are born, plans are made, another cycle is complete. The Native American tradition bows to each of the directions: life's cycles and the circle of life without beginning and end. A beautiful guide for living.
Join me in a circle as we place our feet on the Earth and our hands in Namaste.
As we face the north, visualize the color red.
The north brings cold winter winds, yet these winds are cleansing. They cause leaves to drop and the Earth to rest beneath a blanket of snow. If you can face these winds (like the buffalo), you have patience, strength and endurance. North represents the trials we must endure and the cleansing we must undergo.
Face the east and visualize the color yellow.
East is the direction from which the sun comes and symbolizes Spring. The light dawns in the morning and spreads over the Earth. This is the beginning of a new day. After a long winter, a renewed sense of life emerges, symbolizing new life and growth. It is also the beginning of understanding because light helps us to see things the way they are.
At a deeper level, the east symbolizes wisdom. Often we pray in the morning, facing the dawn asking for wisdom and understanding.
Face south and surround yourself with the color white.
Because the southern sky is when the sun is at its highest, this direction symbolizes warmth, growth and ease. The sun's rays are powerful in drawing life from the Earth. Warm, pleasant winds arrive from the south.
As we face the west, visualize the color black.
To the west, the sun sets, and the day ends. The west is the source of water, rain, lakes, rivers and oceans. It's the source of replenishment that has no end. The west symbolizes letting go, an ending before a new beginning.
As we enjoy the light of Spring, imagine the seeds you wish to plant and nourish. Write them down, say them aloud to yourself. Then plant these seeds in your heart...in a gesture of renewal, self-compassion and love.