Today it happened. Balance. Equal parts day and night, sunshine and darkness. Vernus, latin for “of spring” , is celebrated twice a year. Is this simply Mother Nature’s reminder to us that it is once again time to get ourselves into balance?
We come out of the cold and darkness of winter somewhat beaten down. We have not spent much time outside, and have absorbed little to no vitamin D from our sun. Many of us fall victim to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and we’ve been through colds and flus. Winter is darn tough.
But the Vernal Equinox means that help, in the form of light, sun and fresh air is on the way. Tomorrow, there will be slightly more day than night. We will be outside. Shorts and tees will be adorned. Spring flowers will blossom, bees will buzz, birds will sing songs of rejoice.
In which other ways do we need to find balance in our lives? Are we spending too much time at work and not enough time with our spouses or kids? Are we perusing social media for too many hours and not reading enough books? Are we sedentary for too many hours while our running shoes collect dust?
How is your day in balance? Do you spend time reflecting and giving thanks or are you always scrambling and running from place to place? Do you spend time preparing meals which are full of nutrients, or do you go to the drive-thru for a quick burger and fries? Do you stretch and meditate or hit the snooze button? Do you interact with people, having human relations or are you stuck with email and text as your medium of choice?
Many of us struggle to find balance, but it is attainable. If our planet, which is 93 million miles from the sun, can figure out how to rotate at 1,000 miles/hour while orbiting the sun at 67,000 miles/hour to a tune of exactly one half day and night exactly twice a year, we should be able find balance considering the pace in which we are moving. Remember, we control the speed of our environment. We control which matters in our life deserve how much time. We are the masters of our own lives, and it is time we start to show some balance.
So take time today, tomorrow, this week to write down the areas of your life that are out of balance and those that are in balance. This will help you to see which areas need work. It may be hard to put down the tablet to go for a bike ride but rest assured, as nature has shown us, you will be better off resultantly.
Happy Vernal Equinox and may your lives be perpetually in balance.
Yours in Good Health,
Dr. Mark Guker
1-2445 Eagle Street North
Phone (519) 650.1630
Fax (519) 650.5277