“We are all Equal & Unique”
Spring Equinox, Saturday March 19, 2016
ALL OVER THE WORLD, every year on March 19, 20 or 21, depending on where you are on the earth, day and night are equal! I love this because it is a visceral experience of our equality. In a drum circle two of the most important ingredients to its success are sitting in a circle to indicate our equality, and contributing our unique rhythms from our individuality. All humans are made of equal value, and uniquely created to be ourselves contributing to the whole. We all have gifts and unique ways to experience our authentic JOY while here on earth.
I have come to believe that our purpose here is quite simple; it is to be ourselves, to experience as much authentic joy as we can, to be happy, and in doing that we are automatically of service to mankind, and to our mother earth as well. When I’m happy, I am doing what I do best, and that is offering my best to the world. What could be a better purpose than that! No, this is not selfish, it is smart. I know you can’t always be doing exactly what you love, the dishes still need to be washed and the ditches dug. But, if you love home and family, or being in nature, these two tasks can actually be joyful while contributing to what needs to be done to make this world work!
YOUR NEW BEGINNING
The equinox is also about new beginnings. Like a seed planted, it needs moisture, nutrients and sunlight to germinate and grow. What in you is being planted right now. How are you going to water, feed it to help it to grow?
Go outside on Saturday and enjoy the equality of the daylight, and the moonlight, and be grateful for every human being on this earth and the uniqueness they bring. Celebrate your uniqueness and the diversity of what we all contribute to this world. In these times of upheaval and change we need ways to connect not separate, to celebrate now berate. Meditate on what is being planted in you this spring, and reflect on how you are going to take good care of that new idea so that it can grow and become your gift to the world, and your unique expression. Joy will naturally be the outcome.
Come drum when you can, regularly to be reminded that your joy is your purpose! Here are some facts on the equinox for you science lovers!
Written by Judy Atkinson
Why is it Called “Equinox”?
On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox”, derived from Latin, meaning “equal night”. However, in reality equinoxes don’t have exactly 12 hours of daylight.
What Happens on the Equinox?
The Earth’s axis is always tilted at an angle of about 23.4° in relation to the ecliptic, the imaginary plane created by the Earth’s path around the Sun. On any other day of the year, either the Southern Hemisphere or the Northern Hemisphere tilts a litte towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the tilt of the Earth’s axis is perpendicular to the Sun’s rays.
Celebrating new Beginnings
The March equinox has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth in the Northern Hemisphere. Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays around the March equinox, like Easter and Passover.