If you know Shakespeare or your ancient history, this can be a somewhat ominous time.
And I don’t know about where you live, but March certainly came in like a lion here. The windstorms have been truly awe-inspiring.
As an old sailor, I love the wind. As an old track runner, my husband… not so much. There is something about wind for me that is cleansing, and portents change, possibility, and strength.
And as much as I say I love it, there is also something about a strong spring breeze with its moist air and cool whispers that for me feels like impending doom.
I have racked my brain to search for some disturbing event from my past that might cause this visceral reaction to what is really just weather – and predictable at that. I have researched Seasonal Affective Disorder and found that yes indeed it is possible to have the reverse of it, where spring’s lengthening days bring on the blues rather than the shortening days as winter approaches. Why on earth would budding trees and reappearing robins bring on anything other than joy?
I have learned that “Why” can be a troubling question. Clients who get stuck on the “why” of a situation will most likely never find satisfaction. There is more often than not no “why.” The search for it is most likely futile, frustrating and an enormous waste of time.
My children would often get stuck on figuring out the blame for an event rather than a solution. I find it so much more satisfying to skip the search blame and begin moving toward a solution with as much energy as possible. Yes, I suppose there is something to be learned from the “why” of some events or situations, but for me the “what’s next” is so much more interesting.
So when the March weather brings snow on one day and sunny heat another (sometimes in the same day and even hour here in western PA) I find it easier to breath deeply and dress in layers. Feelings of impending doom pass, spring does eventually arrive in earnest and March will most likely go out like a lamb.
Are you affected by the seasons? Do changes in weather bring about deep stirrings within you that you can’t explain? Do you fight them or can you go with the flow?
A little svadyaya (self study) can go a long way sometimes, but try not to get stuck there. Notice and smile. Be present and learn if there is something to be learned. Then let it all ride off on the breeze, as life is wont to do, regardless of how hard we fight or how loudly we shout to the wind, “WHY!?!?!?”
Life coach, yoga teacher, writer, college professor, theatre professional, mom, used to be wife... the order of emphasis changes daily, hourly, and often, moment to moment.