Celebrating the Equinox: 16 Tips for Living a Day of Balance
This Saturday, September 22 at 10:49 a.m. Eastern Time marks the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a day of balance of the hours of light and dark.
From here, temperatures begin to fall and daylight hours get shorter than the nights. The word equinox comes from the latin words meaning “equal night.”
Since a balanced life is something we all strive for, yet can be hard to achieve, why not set the goal of having the best possible day of balance on the Equinox? Just one day to start with. One day at a time is often the easiest way to make any change.
Here are 16 tips to help you live a day of balance this Saturday:
- Greet the day with a Morning Prayer from The Wind Is My Mother: “I thank you for another day. I ask that You give me the strength to walk worthily this day so that when I lay down at night I will not be ashamed.”
- Thank the sun for its dedication to spreading light on our Mother Earth.
- Drink a glass of water that you have first blessed by saying: “Thank you for this precious gift from Mother Earth.”
- Pray for the well-being of all your family and friends.
- Step outside and take 10 deep breaths, inhaling through your nose, exhaling through your mouth.
- Eat a nutritious breakfast.
- Do some clean up work around the house or yard.
- Eat a nutritious lunch.
- Call a friend.
- Read a book.
- Take a nap.
- Eat a nutritious dinner.
- Have fun with friends or family.
- Evening prayer from The Wind Is My Mother: At the end of the day, face west and say: “Thank you for all the things that happened today, the good as well as the bad.”
- Go to bed by 11 pm and have a good night’s sleep.
To me, that is a very good day of balance. Now the best part: Repeat it the next day, and the next and the next.
And a generally good proposition for living a life in balance:
- balance work with play,
- periods of rest with periods of activity,
- intellectual pursuits with creative ones,
- alternate reading non-fiction and fiction.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
[quote]“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Ralph Waldo Emerson[/quote]
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Molly Larkin is the co-author of the international best-seller “The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman” and other books on health. She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential through her classes, healing practice and blog at www.MollyLarkin.com