It’s officially spring time! March 20th marks the Vernal or Spring Equinox (equal nights). The sun is crossing directly over the Earth’s equator, making day and night of equal duration.
So many things are blossoming and coming anew, both in nature and in our attempts to nurture ourselves and others. Animals are coming out of hibernation and farmers will be planting fresh crops. We are getting ready for spring cleaning and making hopeful commitments towards healthful habits like rising early,finding routines, and planting seeds of positivity through new goals and affirmations. This is a great time to be open minded, yet equally grounded in dedication to our goals.
Within every ending is a seed of new beginning.
For centuries humans have regarded this as a special time to celebrate the triumph of light! (Sun worship is a foundational part of the history behind the rituals practiced in many cultures today). Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the equinox. (Fun fact: The origins of Easter date far before Christianity and the rabbit and the egg are symbols of sex and fertility).
I won’t be coloring eggs or gifting chocolate bunnies, but I do plan to meditate, reflect and embrace the end of a transformative experience. Today I start my journey back home after spending two months away, very far from everything I know (in rural parts of Africa and India). I’ve gained new insights and perspectives on life and a stronger sense of self. I’m ready to shed light on that and celebrate my personal triumph in letting go of dark baggage I’ve been dragging along for some time. I thank God for every second of life and I am eager to continue blossoming and learning, sharing knowledge and spreading love and light. Here’s to new beginnings and to finding balance.
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I myself, am gluten intolerant, which means that I present with some of the signs and symptoms, but do not test positive for the specific markers of the disease. Finding this information out and taking it seriously changed my life. I was sick for years, overweight, tired and swollen. I spent so much time seeing specialists that all told me I was fine. I wasn’t fine and even now if I get exposed to gluten I have pretty severe swelling in my feet (especially on my right side), along with abdominal distention and fatigue. I’m not complaining, just sharing my story! My health issues have been such a blessing in disguise because of how much I have learned and the empowerment I feel by taking charge of my health and my life. I love Science and research and I had a lot of fun making this infographic because I find joy in creating content that can help other people along their health journey.
I titled this post ‘Lemon Libation’ because warm lemon water has become a holy grail staple of the health conscious movement. “It’s good for you” they say.
While this holds true in my personal experience, I’m not a big fan of blanket statements, especially about our diets. We are all so diverse!
I was feeling feels this morning thinking about beauty, societal conditioning and the release of endorphins that is associated with feeling beautiful. There are so many variables associated, both internal and external. (This was all after posting a photo of myself on Instagram.) I have a tendency to delete the photos I post because I don’t want to be vain. I teeter totter on a tight rope of shoulds shouldn’t in regards to anything focusing on appearance. I have a strong appreciation for authenticity, individuality and intelligence. Focusing on the way I look was always more of a distraction than anything else.
I’ve spent 40 days in Lakhimpur ( a small part of Northern India) teaching Yoga and English. I’m now back in Burkina Faso-Africa, getting rest before returning to volunteer at an orphanage I was serving at in January at the start of my trip.
I’ve been reflecting on the smaller details of this journey and felt compelled to share my experience with the dainty shade of purple known as lavender.
1. Insulting men in celebration of women’s day is not congruent with the definition of equality.
2. Common sense is important and so is math.
3. Social media bandwagoning can be a first class ticket to an emotionally driven black hole of ignorance.
4. People change their minds as they develop and learn. Attacking that aspect of maturation is attacking growth and progression.
5. Hurting people hurt people. These same people may be more susceptible to the convoluted manipulative rhetoric of entertainment news.
6. I wish everyone would read several sources of opposing views before pressing the share button. Collectively, it would make finding the truth much more efficient.
7. There are grey areas, but that doesn’t mean there are not moral values. There is intrinsic good and evil. Life is about figuring out what that even means.
– Tavia Rahki