Is it just me, or has winter taken a long time to move through its cycle? I am happy to report the spring or vernal equinox arrives next week. The Equinox provides an opportunity to see if we, like nature, are living in balance. Equinox means “equal night” in Latin. Many of us with embark upon a spring cleaning regime, no matter how big or small. Spring is all about renewal and as such provides the ideal platform for purging the unnecessary weights we carry in our day to day lives. It could be clearing out the garage or basement to replanting the garden. Some will go through their closet and donate unwanted or no longer worn clothing while still others will slap on a new coat of paint to freshen things up. Oh, by the way, Spring officially begins on Sunday, March 20 at 4:33 a.m. PDT — the earliest vernal equinox since 1896. Yet while people often refer to the equinox as the first “official” day of spring, there is no universally agreed upon definition for the seasons. Astronomers and Meteorologists say the spring equinox is always on March 20th. None of this, of course, needs to be or has to be complicated. Simply recognize the changing of the season and the renewal that abounds. Harness the energy, take control and find the balance that may have gone astray over the harsh winter months.