Tuesday, March 9, 2010

in search of SPRING

Friends I've changed my thoughts on winter lately. Seriously, I'm over it. I've been over it for a while. And usually my mantra is contentment. Be content where things are, be content in the snow drifts of life. Learn the lessons while they are at hand.

But I've started looking at the winters of life for what they are. But also for what is to come. Contentment is not necessarily forgetting what is ahead. Looking forward may mean more mindfulness. I am now waiting and watching for this moment. The sun that was so present at breakfast on Saturday morning, and the drip drip of the melting snow on Sunday. The two degrees warmer this lovely mid-day. The bird noises arriving back in the trees. Just little tiny moments. The slow thaw of winter.

Maybe the slow thawing of my funk. The up-tighted-ness of dealing with road conditions, coats and hats, the perpetual finding of lost gloves. Waking up in the dark. I'm sorry it's blizzarding again and I don't want you to blow away so NO you cannot play outside.

There is something in the promise of sunshine that gets me going and the sound of the word "March" so hopeful, no? "Do not be surprised that the return of the light lifts your spirits. Do not be surprised that warmth on your back calms you and makes you glad. Feel your spirits lift as the sun rises higher in the sky: this is part of you, this snaky gladness, part of who you have been for a million years. Find the warm places; do not expect them to come to you. When you find them, stay there and be still. Be still and watchful. In this quiet, taste the air. Lick up the taste of it. Listen. Listen with the full length of your body against the ground."
{From Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature by Kathleen Dean Moore} (via Soulemama)

So I'm proposing that we join together to look for spring-- a cardinal in a tree, some blades of grass, returning of the light. 

Will you join me? Two weeks? Starting today? 

Comment here for a button and I'll put you on the list so that other's can see your spring too! 
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