Whether you and your family observe Easter, Passover, Ostara, or another celebration this time of year, we all share a common bond. No matter the particular culture, customs or traditions, spring is (and always has been) recognized and celebrated as a time of rebirth, renewal, hope and deliverance. And that’s exactly what it is.
Personally, the arrival of spring holds a special place in my heart. During my adult years I have always gone camping during the first weekend of spring – even when I was single I would get out and away, by myself, to decompress and reconnect with the earth. Now with my kids, I make it a point to help them bond with nature during the Spring Equinox, even if that just means pitching a tent in our backyard.
When they get a little older I’ll hope to introduce them to more “hard core” communing with nature. But the main point is to escape from the modern, everyday distractions such as television, cell phones, and the internet – just for a bit – to focus on what springtime meant to our ancestors and still means to us. It is the cycle of life beginning anew. It is magical, beautiful, hopeful.
It is a time to be thankful for what we have, appreciate the opportunities on our horizons, let go of what’s holding us back, and make room for the new. Spring cleaning isn’t just a physical housekeeping concept. It can be incorporated into our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual selves as well. That is the universal gift the Spring Equinox offers to everyone. Let us accept it, use it, and share it.