Spring can be a funny season for mothers.
So eagerly awaited – not least because the germs should be diminishing and maybe, just maybe, there is a promise of renewal.
Even on little to no sleep, the spring does seem to channel a certain kind of rigour or energy.
Perhaps it’s the longer days that encourage us out of the house (with its screens and little to no reason to get changed) and into the gardens, parks and playgrounds?
Perhaps it’s the signs of new life growing that sparks a rediscovered confidence in our abilities to grow, give birth to and nurture new life ourselves?
Perhaps it’s the reminder that just as seasons come and go, so do the phases in our own lives?
The winter, if we listen to its demands, is really a season for slowing down. For turning in and resting. All around us, things grow darker, sleepier and colder. It’s natures way of ensuring rest.
Spring, on the other hand, is all about preparing to burst forth with colours.
Spring, like the other seasons, has both a meteorological and an astronomical start.
In 2019, the meteorological start was on 1st March. But the astronomical start isn’t until 20th March.
According to the Met Office astronomical seasons refer to the position of the Earth’s orbit in relation to the sun, taking into account equinoxes and solstices.
Whereas Meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle and measure the meteorological state, as well as coinciding with the calendar to determine a clear transition between the seasons.
So, if you’re still waiting for that spring energy to invigorate you (provided you live in the northern hemisphere), it’s because it (Astronomical spring) hasn’t started yet.
The astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2019 and ends on 21 June 2019.
Why is this important for mothers?
To read about all the many interesting reasons why the spring equinox is important. Read this great article all about it.
Specifically for mothers, we think the main point is this: Light hours equal the dark ones, at this time, and so it’s a great time to assess life to find balance.
There isn’t a better time to ask: What is working for me? What isn’t?
Spring Equinox is perhaps a more motivational time than the New Year, and with the earth’s energies supporting growth, it is likely to be far more successful.
So, maybe it’s time to try again to accomplish those goals that were set back in Jan?
Or, perhaps, we should reassess them and set new ones.
Balance is such a crucial concept for motherhood because with so many competing demands, every minute of every day (and night) it can be all too easy to find ourselves frayed and out of balance.
In this state, depression, exhaustion and resentment are never far away.
These manifest as stress.
Stress makes mothering harder. It all (children, relationships, life) starts to get a bent and out of shape.
Balance is quite literally the key to keeping everything running smoothly as possible. It keeps us and those we love well.
It allows us mothers to find time to explore our own interests and goals, and develop our own needs and desires, as well as those of our families/friends/employers etc…
So, with that one point in mind – balance – may the approaching spring equinox help us all to get it feeling right.
In the hope that we can then burst forth into spring, and it’s increasing light, to do the things, and be with those, that really make us feel great inside.
Then, and only then, will we find harmony as mothers. Find our flow. And thrive.