"When we LOVE, we always strive to become better than we are" (From "The Alchemist").
The collective cosmic mantra for March is to take the “Next Step”. The energy is one of forward momentum, new chapters, elevated language, creative expression & trusting the unknown.
Instinctively, we tend to get nervous when navigating transitions & the unknown, because we’re not in control of the process. But when we’re expanding & stepping up in new ways, clinging to the same way of doing things will ultimately not cut it & inevitably create suffering, keep us stuck, or worse still … paralyze us in fear.
In my experience, whenever I’ve been shifting in a new direction or embarking on a new life chapter (up leveling in some way), there tends to be this moment of retraction after the initial leap. It’s almost as though the heart announces, “yes, we’re doing this”, & then the mind catches up & chimes in with it’s fearful “are you kidding me, we can’t possibly do this”.
To remind myself that a certain amount of resistance, doubt, & anxiety come along for the ride when taking courageous action on my dreams, helps me tremendously. As they say, “if it doesn’t scare you, it isn’t real”. Taking a step back from the situation. Spending time in nature. Reconnecting to my why & sometimes a vulnerable share with a trusted heart is usually all it takes to correct my course. Asking myself the question “what would LOVE do?” and then choosing that will always put fear in its proper place ... which is anywhere but in charge.
Keeping a curious “beginner’s mindset” & choosing to be excited, optimistic & open to new possibilities have helped me to trust myself & embrace the adventure of change.
Healthy boundaries will help you create the space & time to self-care, create & fulfill your own needs this month. With Aries (“me first”) energy arriving later in the month, we’ll have an opportunity to take responsibility for our own needs. No one can take your “next step” for you, & we can’t take it for another. We each have our own work to do. Learning the practice of “no thank you” may just be our best ally in March. Observe any worth or value stories you may be running around disappointing others & consider instead to see yourself as someone who can inspire others to choose themselves too. Take some time this month connecting to your joy, your self-care, and your dreams & taking “next steps” towards them.
You can take the energetic theme of taking the “next step” into any area of your life that feels ready. Perhaps that means taking your relationship to the next level. What truths are wanting to be spoken? Sharing what you’re craving (more connection, deeper intimacy, more solo time to nourish your individual needs, an adventure together, commitment, trust, honest communication) et al.
Does the relationship with your health need an upgrade? Do you need more sleep, more water, different foods, and a new way to move? Are you feeling the need to heal something? Try meditation? Up level your self-care practice? Begin a self-care practice? Maybe taking the “next step” in your wellness is simply beginning to listen to what your body is trying to communicate to you.
Your relationship with your career or business may be ready for a new chapter, whether that be confidently applying for a new opportunity at work, seeking out a mentor, or collaborating with others to tap new opportunities & expand your community.
With Mercury in retrograde for the best part of this month, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to turn inwards & observe our relationship with communication, our patterning & technology. Does your language feel kind, empowered, loving, and true? How is your self-talk? Where do we defend, gossip, blame, lash out, or judge and why? March gives us a beautiful portal to get honest with ourselves, the power of our words & how they’re connected to our behavioral patterns & what we belief is true. We can choose to sit with the inner “hermit” energy of Mercury Retrograde to better understand the constructs of our unique language & how that translates into our inner & outer communications. If how you engage with technology feels misaligned in some way, March is a great month to take some time offline & find your nurture in nature.
Finally, with Spring Equinox (hello longer days) on the Full Moon, March 20th, we have a chance to align the tending of our own inner garden with the collective garden of Mother Earth. How we weed, till, plant & nourish our own inner home, can be reflected in how we care for our community home. We can take the “next step” with our relationship with nature, our resources & our planet. As we sit by the ocean, hike the trails, swoon at the flora & fauna, chat with the moon, lay under a tree, harvest the lands’ bounty, we can whisper our gratitude. We can pick up litter. Conserve water. Use less plastic. Use less everything. We can become guardians & ambassadors of this magical, majestic, wonderland we get to call home.
We can see how the relationship we have with the home of our own heart, ripples out into the home of our body, our neighborhood, our communities & our planet.
As we go, so goes our world. Let’s all do our part to lovingly take that “next step”.