In the modern west, January 1, is considered the annual beginning while in many other communities and cultures, spring and the Spring Equinox represent rebirth, bringing cleansing, fertility and the planting and budding of new seeds.
The modern, Gregorian Calendar, was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Before, the Roman Julian Calendar had been the dominant system proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. The Gregorian Calendar is adopted in most countries, although traditional lunar, solar and lunisolar calendars remain in use throughout Africa, Asia and parts of Europe to recognize religious festivals and holidays.
Calendars play a critical role in the life cycle and workflow of agriculture and the celebration of the seasons. Depending on the location of a community and its orientation to the sun, will dictate how it organizes itself to harmonize with nature and the cyclical climate.
The zestful feeling of spring and its fever are among us. It’s a beautiful season, a time to thaw, open the windows and enjoy. The welcome warmth of this cherished moment brings communion, a sense of joy and gratitude, energy and excitement. Spring is also a time to reflect, ground and plan for the coming year.
Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself as I surrender to and celebrate the rebirth of this new year:
- What does success mean to me?
- What things did I attract into my life last year and what lessons did they bring?
- What would I like to leave behind?
- Are there people with whom I would like to spend more or less time?
- In what ways would I like to serve my family and my community this year?
- Is there anyone with whom I have withheld forgiveness?
- What is my commitment to self-care?
- What things am I committed to working on, starting or finishing?
- What do I want to create in the world?
These questions are just a few to stimulate a dialog with ourselves to reconnect our intentions and spiritual essence with the cycle of life.
Do you want to begin a new hobby, create a consistent morning routine, spend more time with specific family members or friends? Do you want to change your job, professional career or start a business? The newness of spring reflects the limitless possibilities of our health, lifestyle and emotional state. Joy and happiness come from within; our ability to create and take ownership of them is within our control. In my experience, creating space to reflect on my growth, the lessons and blessings life has so abundantly provided and what I want to create, sets the sail for a great year ahead.
What do you want to create in your life and this world? What do you want to leave behind? What do you want to attract and therefore, what do you want to become?