The Sweet Struggle of Spring

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Consider this:

A butterfly, even after a great transformation, can recall their memories as a caterpillar. Instead of repeating past mistakes, perhaps it's time to listen to our own wisdom, and the teachings of our environment too.  

Hello, and welcome to a new year. 

Perhaps you believe we've already had our new year, but beyond the Gregorian calendar, there are many more ways to tell time.

The astrological wheel has struck midnight once again, and the Spring Equinox has been brightly announced. The sun shines, seeds split with the grace of a strong slow dancer, the flowers and the bees exchange offerings, and animals prepare for new lovers once again. Ostara, a time to honor the fertility of nature, has arrived. 

Growth is natural. Attempts to stall growth only result in unnecessary pain and confusion. We may look around and no longer know where we are, having not moved. Life changes around us, and we must allow ourselves to change with it. It may not always be easy, but learning requires struggle. If that struggle is met as a worthy opponent, it can be a truly enlightening process. These actions also directly motivate others to meet their lives with willingness, excitement, and preparedness. A large-format example of symbiotic existence.

How we do one thing is how we do all things. Starting small is the only way we can start. Take a hint from the plants: start small, and work your way up. As spring begins, take the opportunity to walk through the trees, meander and learn. Treat each plant as a teacher, and feel free to ask questions. Unlike the standard classroom, you don't have to wait your turn. However, you do have to listen. Intention is the language of nature, and life will look right into us. The wind, plants, fungi, rocks - they are all messengers, offering answers only to questions that are asked with heart. 

Let go of expectation and judgement. Approach as a well-mannered guest. Be open to honest communication, and you will have it. 

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  • Wear something comfortable to your climate. 
  • Take an offering. Water, a stone, flower petals, a song. Be mindful of the ecosystem and avoid anything that may be harmful or invasive. 
  • Find a space to wander through - this could be a city park, or a hiking trail. If people are around, take time to appreciate their presence - the variety of sounds and activities taking place.
  • Take moments to connect. Sit under a tree, look up. Melt into the strength of the roots, trunk, branches and leaves. Watch the subtle movements. 
  • Breathe in the aromas of the outside. Find how the dirt works through your fingers. Find felled twigs to snap and smell. Thank a plant before plucking a flower. 
  • Create a small bouquet of flowers or branches - and in exchange, leave your offering in whichever way feels best to you.
  • Place your flowers in water at home, and add to your home as a living altar. 

Photo by: Finley Jordan