As I sit behind my desk enjoying the twilight view from my window, I’m refreshed to know that when the sun finally makes its appearance this morning… it’s officially spring. I’m grateful to embark upon a new season. I noticed it yesterday while driving through my oak tree adorned neighborhood. I don’t exactly know when it occurred, but leaves have replaced the stark and barren branches of the sprawling, giant trees. Squirrels scurry, not looking for nuts to bury, but in a playful fashion; suggesting they too, are enjoying the fertile grounds. Lately I’m waking up to the songs of swallows rather than the hollow squawks of crows. It’s time to spread out my arms and embrace the luscious beauty surrounding me, and to enjoy evening walks again as the gracious sun remains above the backdrop of rolling hills in the west.
Spring is such a glorious reminder from the universe, isn’t it? A reminder that we are generously and continuously offered new beginnings. A reminder that most things (like dreadful winters) are not eternal. A reminder that after a cold and damp darkness, sunlight does return. A reminder that it doesn’t matter how desolate the earth seems during winter; the flowers will always re-bloom and green fields will replace the naked land. It’s the natural order of things, and this applies to the inner workings of life as well… “As above, so below.” We as human beings, are part of nature, and have an innate ability to rebalance and grow throughout our lives. Nothing we feel is eternal, but without the darkness, would we even recognize or appreciate light?
Contrast is the soul’s way of remembering. Without a dense and dark playground, such as the physical realm our earth provides, our souls have no way to explore and discover it’s own innate wholeness. It is during our darkest hours that we learn our greatest lessons; and as we return to our natural state of joy after such harrowing experiences, we are awakened to this wholeness of ourselves. It is a constant cycle of humanity. Individually we all must experience these cycles and allow them to be, without meddling with the flow and order of things. In our addiction, we were meddling, but in our recovery, we are discovering that life effortlessly unfolds before us, like a celestial path of self-exploration. Resistance of this path creates turmoil, like a brutal winter storm we must endure until we finally surrender to our experiences, realizing that all is actually well. Everything harsh passes, and if we don’t resist the occurrences, we emerge with great insight; like a blooming garden after a callous winter.
For those who think you have too much work to do before you can experience an internal spring, stop telling yourself this. You can begin a new season with where you are right now. The universe is waiting on you to be present so that it can abundantly provide you with everything you need to recover. This is not the land of punishment; this is simply the soul’s playground. Once you understand the physical realm in this manner, nothing you face will deem impossible, or even difficult to overcome. It is simply an obstacle course in support of your spiritual growth.
Ah… the sun has finally illuminated the green hills in the west, and the sky is mellow blue with a slight marine layer offering beautiful contrast. I’m grateful to embark upon a new season. It’s a reminder that I can begin a new season in my own life… this very moment.
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