Experience the awakening of Spring in Tahoe Truckee
March 12, 2010
The March equinox, or vernal equinox, will occur on March 20, 2010, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. The word and#8220;equinoxand#8221; derives from the Latin words meaning and#8220;equal nightand#8221; and and#8220;verand#8221; which means spring.
You feel it. The warming of the earth has begun as we cycle into spring.- In the lower altitudes the burgeoning colors of yellows, pinks and greens greet weary eyes. Those in Glenshire see little green sprouts emerging from under the snow.-
Yes, there will be more snow and thankfully much blessed water, but the awakening is here. The question I would now pose is and#8220;what is awakening within you?and#8221; The stirrings of something new, maybe not quite brought to full consciousness, is there.
A dream that has gone unfulfilled for too many seasons, perhaps? A yearning for adventure that has been stifled through the long winter?
Whatever is moving underneath the daily trappings of existence and#8212; let it out, let it breathe.
Dance, create, sing, bring joy to those around you as we begin to stretch our bodies and minds to the new visions that begin to flood our imagination when we let go. These transitional times bring many challenges and also many opportunities to change old habits that hold us back from what we truly want to achieve. Let your mind and spirit wander into those greener pastures and allow yourself to be free of negative thoughts. Incorporate more positive thoughts into your mindset with affirmations spoken daily.- Be kind to yourself and you will find the world being kind right back at you.
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Each spring I like to try something new I havenand#8217;t done before. Go to a lecture on a topic with which Iand#8217;m unfamiliar, read new literature out of my regular reading patterns, explore a new area I havenand#8217;t been to before, even if itand#8217;s just a new restaurant or store. Small things can give you that sense of adventure and excitement in your own backyard. A chance to meet new people, have interesting discussions and gain new perspective is the cherry on top of the sundae of life. We have here in the Truckee-Tahoe area a plethora of intriguing classes, workshops, lectures covering a multitude of topics that could excite your adventurous spirit. Try at least one this month. You may find a whole new direction to take in life.
Or is the travel bug biting hard? I recommend seeing this great country of ours. From coast to coast we have incredibly beautiful, diverse landscapes that can match anywhere in the world and you donand#8217;t need a passport!-
Whether by plane, train, car or bike, America has it all. People from cultures around the world reside here and you can experience their cuisine and customs in just about every major city in the states. And remember to try American cuisine too. I am not referring to fast food. Get out and try the local Mom and Pop eateries and support the local economy by shopping in the locally owned stores. Help keep our communities healthy and thriving.
It is time to wake up and stretch our minds, bodies and spirits. Greet this spring with an enthusiastic shout of and#8220;I can do it!and#8221; and see how your life changes for the better.
and#8212; Sharon Freewoman is a writer, teacher and owner of The Rainbow Bridge in the Village at Squaw Valley. She is currently writing a book and will be teaching at the and#8220;What Would You Attempt If You Knew You Would Succeedand#8221; workshop coming to Squaw Valley May 14-16.