Here it is at last; spring. Can you feel your energy rise as the days lengthen and the sun shines more? Do you hear the birds singing as you wake, and as you come home from work? Are you noticing the flowers bud, the blossom bloom?
We are mammals and so winter biologically, should be a time to hibernate, to snuggle down and snooze but our 24/7 culture doesn’t allow for that, neon lights and long work hours mean we often stagger through winter getting more tired and run down.
So many of us are disconnected from our natural world that we lose the wisdom in it and in ourselves, yet if we stop and stare, pause and gaze, what do we see and hear?
The joy in the bird song mirrors our sense of relief at the passing of the dark days. But look more closely at the picture above and you will see amongst the flowers the old autumn leaves, a reminder that new life, new ideas, new opportunities often emerge from what has died or grown old.
The birds are building nests, the frog spawn is only slowly hatching, the lambs in the fields are sticking close to their mothers. Spring reminds us to emerge slowly, to keep tending to our health, to look to each other for safety and support. Spring reminds us to take new ideas, new projects, maybe new relationships, slowly, gently, kindly.
We don’t need to leap into full throttle yet, we can slowly emerge and unfold, let the dreamings and musings of winter fully compost in readiness for a summer that will come and with it full light.
What does spring want to teach you?
Take 10 minutes a day in the same place outside, and tune in to the birds, the flowers, the weeds, the insects and be curious about how they change as the days lengthen. What does this mean to you? For you?
Thanks for being here.