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Celebrating the spring equinox

The spring equinox arrives at 8:49 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Why should we celebrate the equinox?

I feel more connected to myself and the Earth when I take time to reflect on the cycles of nature. The spring equinox marks the point when the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north. Many ancient people celebrated this day.

Spring is a time of beginnings. The buds are starting to peek out, the days are getting noticeably longer, animals are beginning to get frisky, we start feeling the pull to get outside more and begin to feel more energized and motivated to start new projects.

Since I have been in Ashland, I have celebrated the equinoxes and solstices by going to Lithia Park and giving thanks, which could mean hugging trees, quietly contemplating my place in nature, holding a circle somewhere natural and special or leaving an offering of a special rock or crystal or anything that holds special meaning.

It is a way to reconnect to the natural cycles of nature and life.

Reconnecting in this way allows me to feel a part of something bigger than myself, and in times like these, when there is so much turmoil, uncertainty and fear, feeling part of something bigger helps to alleviate fears.

You realize you are not alone, that there is an order and natural intelligence that is alive and flows through everything. There is so much overwhelming scientific evidence to show that being outdoors in nature improves our health on every level: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Going outdoors is the best therapy you could ever get, and it is free and available to everyone.

Use the spring equinox as a day to begin something new and positive for yourself. I encourage you to get outside every day. Ashlanders are blessed with many parks and trails in town. You don’t even need a car to access the natural beauty available here.

According to the city of Ashland website, “APRC manages 18 parks within the city limits, 797-plus acres of parkland and 48 miles of trails.” This really impressed me when I moved here. It is one of the main reasons I signed up to volunteer for Parks and Recreation. I began volunteering in the demo gardens at North Mountain Park in September 2018, and it has been a great learning experience and way to meet people and cultivate friendships. In these uncertain and tumultuous times, it is more important than ever to have people you can turn to and lean on for support.

May you have an amazing spring equinox. I wish you many blessings and beautiful new beginnings.