The period from the Spring Equinox (21st March) to St George's Day (23rd April) is a time of rising earth energy, and in some traditions, it is a time of Dragons. They seem to be popping up all the time for me right now, from meeting new Welsh friends to discovering the marvellous film, 'How To Train Your Dragon'. I am getting myriad nudges from the Universe to make the most of the Dragon energy that is flowing.
(If you like your Elements, its a time when Earth and Air meet with Fire and Water in spectacular fashion - April showers are often blustery, and the sap is rising with firey enthusiasm, though here in Britain we are still awaiting the real arrival of anything that could be properly called Spring! If you are interested, you can read lots more in this excellent book.)
I decided at Equinox that I wanted to make the most of Dragon Month this year. I want to feel better, stronger, healthier. I talked my plans out with my friend M, who is a trained naturopath, and has the uncanny ability to pick out the places where I am self-sabotaging, and between us we managed to wittle my over-elaborate ideas down to three sensible and doable goals:
1. Cut Down Sugar
2. Eat More Vegetables
3. Get More Exercise
Sounds simple? Not so. These are BIG DEALS for someone with my health problems, but the thing is, I feel like it is time.
I've been going on for a while about how I am going through a transitional period in my life. Changes are happening on a huge scale, from fading parents to financial adjustments and the desire for a new working direction. I'm going to need physical strength as well as mental, to deal with all this.
I'm on the downward slope towards 50 too, and there is no getting away from that fact. If I don't take action soon, I am going to be facing some serious issues about how well I grow older. Watching my husband's aunt become increasingly incapacitated through arthritis, to the point where she can barely feed herself, is a sobering look into a possible future for myself. I don't want to end up like that, and the best way to avoid it is to do something about it now.
So for the last couple of weeks I have been planning and carrying out my goals. I can't pretend its not hard, especially on the days when my energy is really low. But I've made it simple so that even I can achieve this.
I'm going to write a few blog posts about how I'm doing this, and how I am getting on, because all the experts say it is helpful to 'go public' with your goals in order to have some accountability. And maybe you have been thinking about the same issues and fancy pulling alongside. In which case, let me know in the comments section, and we can cheer each other on!