Spring Balance – Recalibrate

Winter balance reminds us to FLOW. In contrast, Spring Balance invites us to GROW.

Through Winter we aim to manage how + when we spend our energy. We recharge + go with the flow without resistance in maximum ease + minimum effort. This process is a valuable introspective time to build a better relationship with our FEARS + build SELF ESTEEM. To identify better WITH ourselves, ACCEPT ourselves so we can be better at BEING ourselves.  The more familiar we are with ourselves (physically, mentally + emotionally) the less affected we are by the external factors that pull us + shake us off balance.

If we have aligned to the slow, soothing rhythm + pace of Winter, we may by March + April feel recharged + driven to improve ourselves, change our habits, start new projects + make personal goals to shift up the gears for the year ahead! (See more about Winter balance, reflection, self inquiry and meditation in the BLOG)

The build up of energy through February brings with it an uprising that requires us to RECALIBRATE in preparation to GROW beyond our comforts + reach beyond our pre-conceived limitations with renewed hope + imagination. Spring Balance in March + April meets this upsurge with purposeful determination underpinned with direction + accountability.

The idea is to establish an overall FLAVOUR of how we want to grow this year before goal setting + making specific resolutions ~ First make a Sankalpa statement with an aim that drives you towards your values, talents + personal integrity rather than outward achievements + material desires.

This yogic tool is known as ‘Sankalpa’ ~ a short positive statement, reference or ‘I am…’ affirmation

Sankalpa ~ Recalibration

“Sankalpa” is the sanskrit word for a determined promise or vow to ourself to do or become something purposeful or worthwhile.

It’s an act of recalibrating our profound raison d’etre to infuse our choices + decision making with a reference or a meaningful ‘why’. Making a new one each Spring is a profound act of self direction + accountability for how we choose to go forward.

It takes the form of a positive statement made in the present tense. (for examples see below in bold)

It is important to frame it as a positive statement rather than a negative one to manifest the desired effect. I like to remember the story of a celebrated social worker who refused to join an ‘Anti War’ march during the 70s because it used the word ‘War’ in the campaign. She only agreed to join after they renamed it a ‘Peace March’ in the hope that the energy cultivated en-masse would bring around the desired effect.

Decide on a statement that reflects the overall feeling or change that you want to bring to life.

Write it down and stick it around your home as reminders.

Say it to yourself on waking, before sleeping, during yoga, meditation + relaxation to imprint them in your subconscious.

If you just don’t know what or how to GROW this year it can be helpful to take insights from our winter reflections + self inquiry to help you understand what you want to bring to light.

Perhaps ask yourself:

  • What recurring behaviours, emotions or thought patterns have emerged on or off the mat in the past few months?
  • What insight, ideas or motivations arose from the winter season?
  • Are there recurring signs, feelings, thoughts or emotions that may point to what you want or need?
  • Are there recurring signs, feelings, thoughts or emotions or a sense of knowing as to what’s holding you back from aligning with your core values?

It can also be helpful to take intuitive guidance from your Birth Chart (Astrology) or Numerology ~ Contact Bec for a Conscious Flow session.

Here are some examples of Sankalpa to help prompt an intuitive response in you:

‘I am trusting – I let life unfold’ This is a great one if you know you have issues around not being in control, or inability to process worries + anxiety for the future, or if you’re pushing hard for something that is not materialising.

‘I know my worth’ This is a good one if you are suffering because you feel undervalued, pulled down or often put others needs before your own.

‘I respect myself’ or ‘I care for my health + happiness’ This is a great one if you have bad habits or excess weight to lose – rather than saying ‘I will quit [xyz]’ the Sankalpa drives healthier choices + more peace with ourselves

‘I express my feelings directly + openly’ this is great to overcome self doubt + emotional sensitivity, or if you tend to keep your cool + surpress your feelings

‘I am proactive + seize the opportunity to act’ This is a great one if you feel left behind or lacking in self esteem or weak will

‘Everything I do, I do it with a kind heart’ This is great if you feel you could benefit from being less judgemental, more patient, tolerant, forgiving or if you’re feeling upset, hurt or angry + it overwhelms you.

‘I accept that nothing is perfect’ ‘I see the bigger picture’ this is great if the ways of the world are getting you down or you have high ideals or issues of perfectionism.

Compassion is my true nature’ ‘I am compassionate to myself + others’ great if you desire to communicate better (using the logic that throat energy is underpinned with heart energy) or feel misunderstood

‘I am creative + confident’ ‘I am brave + courageous’ ‘I am open to learn new things’ these are great if you are working on themes of self reliance, self esteem, courage or weak will.

‘I am patient + kind’ ‘I am listening’ this can be good to reframe reactions to frustrations, disappointments, judgementalism + overthinking or if you feel you are often misunderstood

What you choose should be a personal mantra, motto or catch phrase that summarises what is most important to you to enable your direction of growth this year. It should reflects what you want to stand for or the general shift you want to feel to enable your potential ~ your true North. And from this overriding theme, more specific goals + intentions will grow.

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