acknowledge Spring, a time of growth, renewal, of new life being born, and of the cycle of life starting over again. There is a widespread feeling of hope and commitment to something better.
Spring is the season of rebirth and hope for a better future. Days are getting longer, coats are getting lighter, colors of the grass and trees are brighter. Red buds, magnolias and tulips are peaking, birds and squirrels seem to be everywhere. Spring is full of energy and promise. It is the season of optimism, and good intentions.
“You can’t enter into a new season, until you’re willing to leave the old one!” Joe Joe Dawson
This past winter was a season of sorrow, illness and even death. Allow the light winds of spring to wash away the residue of grief. If winter brought on sickness, let the freshness of spring restore us to health and notice the new life and rebirths that surround us. If we experienced silence, invite the birds of spring to bring song back into our lives. If it was a season of hopelessness, let’s connect to the perennial signs of hope.
“Today is a new day. Today I can start something new and find that place within. Today I am alive and for that I am grateful. I see love manifest in the miracles of nature. When we understand these natural cycles of death and renewal, we can make space for them in our inner lives and help others through the process of change.” Sheryl Paul, Spring: The Season of Rebirth
Rebirth is also happening deep within us. This is a time when our bodies are naturally increasing in energy. It’s like the sap is also flowing through our veins – filled with more energy.
What Needs to Change?
We are connected to nature. We go through a major shift with the change of seasons. We are introspective in winter; energy goes inside. In Spring, we experience a rejuvenation – physically, spiritually, and emotionally – we gain new life by going outside; be active and breathe!
We have the opportunity to recharge. We have a chance to open up, just like everything around us. Feel the aliveness that comes into our own personal spirit, which is rooted in the spirit of nature.
“Even nature has hidden lessons for mankind underneath its silent saga. The trees teach us to give without discrimination, the seasons proclaim that time keeps changing for the better and the vastness of the sky bears the amount of love we should hold in our hearts for everyone we come across throughout the day.” Sanchita Pandey, Voyage to Happiness!
The early weeks of spring often bring a feeling of restlessness. As hopeful and optimistic as this season is, there is always an element of discomfort in a world of transitions. Change is hard, even when the change is positive, like birthing a new part of ourselves or mastering a new skill. There is an itchiness of psyche that occurs when the old self falls away and the new self hasn’t fully emerged.
Kitty O’Meara, a former teacher and chaplain living in Wisconsin wrote the poem, “And the People Stayed Home”. The poem captures the spirit of 2020. It is Timeless. It captures change,
rebirth and discovering a new way. It is full of hope.
"And the People Stayed Home"
by Kitty O'Meara
And read books
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
The poem shows a resignation to being optimistic with words such as “healing” and “dreaming” and “think differently” and “new ways”. These words manifest the change Spring can bring.
Sometimes just noticing the change of seasons is enough to facilitate an inner change. Now is the time to ask ourselves, “What is longing to be born?” “What changes and rebirths should I be observing within myself and my family?” “What seeds of new beginnings are resting in the underground caverns of my mind?”
It’s Time: Awaken to the joyful song of hope, bringing balance to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing we deserve.
The information given is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.