March 18 - Spring and a time of renewal approaching

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 p.m. ET, the spring equinox, also known as vernal equinox, will bring the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere

On the equinoxes the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not quite. The March or Vernal Equinox is when the Sun crosses the celestial equator, moving from south to north. This date is considered to be the first day of Spring.

A time of celebration - Many cultures celebrate the return of spring, the blossoming of nature or the rise of the vernal equinox.

Over 4,200 religions in the world

In Japan, the annual blossoming of cherry trees has become a significant national event. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is a time for festivals and gatherings at parks and shrines, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Cherry blossoms, or sakura, symbolize the transience of life, which is a major theme in Buddhism. Also - Shunki-sorei-sai – Shintō (Japanese) The time of the spring memorial service, when ancestors’ spirits are revered at home altars and gravesites are cleaned and purified.

Hebrew - People of the Jewish faith celebrate Passover, which commemorates when the Jewish people were freed from slavery to Egypt, according to History. The day falls on the first full moon after the northern spring equinox and lasts for seven days.

Eve of Purim – Judaism A celebration of the Jews’ rescue from an evil plot to destroy them while they were living in Persia, the events of which are recorded in the Hebrew biblical book of Esther. The holiday includes reading the Megillah (the scroll of Esther), exchanging gifts, and special pastries called hamantashen.

Christians - Spring in many countries with a strong Christian tradition is marked by Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his triumph over physical death. However, it has roots in older traditions.

"Easter is derived from a much older celebration of fertility and rebirth, the Celtic festival of Ostara," Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London, told Live Science. "The bunnies and the eggs are symbolic of fertility and reproduction."

Buddhist - Māgha Pūjā (also written as Macha Bucha Day) is the second most important Buddhist festival,[1] celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month[2] in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka and on the full moon day of Tabaung in Myanmar. It celebrates a gathering that was held between the Buddha and 1,250 of his first disciples, which, according to tradition, preceded the custom of periodic recitation of discipline by monks. On the day, Buddhists celebrate the creation of an ideal and exemplary community, which is why it is sometimes called Saṅgha Day, the Saṅgha referring to the Buddhist community, and for some Buddhist schools this is specifically the monastic community.[1] In Thailand, the Pāli term Māgha-pūraṇamī is also used for the celebration, meaning 'to honor on the full moon of the third lunar month'.[6] Finally, some authors have also referred to the day as the Buddhist All Saints Day.[7]

Rama Navami (Devanagari: राम नवमी; IAST: Rāma navamī) is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of god Rama. He is particularly important to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism, as the seventh avatar of Vishnu.[3][4] The festival is a part of the spring Navratri, and falls on the ninth day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu calendar month of Chaitra. This typically occurs in the Gregorian months of March or April every year.[5] Rama Navami is an optional government holiday in India.[1]

Holi – Hinduism

This festival is one of Hinduism’s most popular celebrations. People throw colored powder or spray colored water to celebrate episodes in the life of the god Krishna, and to symbolize unity and common humanity (since everyone looks the same when coated in colors).

Spring Ohigon – Buddhism

For Buddhists who practice in the Jōdo Shinshū [Japanese Pure Land] tradition, this is a special time to listen to the teaching of the Buddha and meditate on the perfection of enlightenment as lived in the Six Perfections or Paramitas (generosity, morality, wisdom, honesty, endeavor, and patience).

"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." Baghivad Gita

Renewal / Change

The 5 principles of Reiki (Dr. Usui) are:

1. Just for today, I will not be angry.

2. Just for today, I will not worry.

3. Just for today, I will be grateful

4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

6. Just for today I will be kind to every living thing.

“If you can’t change something, change your perspective and see it differently.” David Scott

The Human Body is in a constant state of renewal. Taste buds live 10-days, Red blood cells live for about four months, while white blood cells live on average more than a year. Skin cells live about two or three weeks. Colon cells have it rough: They die off after about four days. Sperm cells have a life span of only about three days, while brain cells typically last an entire lifetime (neurons in the cerebral cortex, for example, are not replaced when they die).

Science appears to back him up. There may be a biological basis to the idea that spring is the season of love, according to Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Rutgers University's Center for Human Evolutionary Studies. She ascribes that to activity in the brain's pineal gland, which deals with light and dark and which produces less of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin in the longer, sunnier days of spring and summer.

That's what accounts for spring fever, the idea that love, like pollen, is in the springtime air. Fisher suggests the same could also apply to breakups. "With more sunlight, people have more energy, more optimism, more interest in the future," she said. "If they look around their home and say, 'This isn't working,' perhaps this is the time they have the energy to do something about it."

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." - Henry Ford

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” —J. Pierpont Morgan

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” —Lao Tzu

“It is the irritation in the oyster, that creates the pearl.” David Scott

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell

“All beings are flowers, blossoming, in a blossoming universe.” - Soen Nakagawa

“If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” - Guy Finley

"Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same."

"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong."

The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, It needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness and struggle to reach the light.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." – Socrates

“At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.” -Christine Mason Miller

“Be strong by bending.”

“There is no greater wealth in this world than peace of mind.”

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world." ~ Buddha

"The body follows the mind and the mind follows the breath." ~ unknown

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne

“In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire breaks into the mind that has not been practicing meditation.” Buddha

“Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.” ~Zen