Springtime!

I love Snoopy from the Peanuts comic strips. He is generally happy with life, he is a dreamer, and he cares about others. He always has a dance that he does to celebrate springtime as well as suppertime.

Even when he is annoyed, his discontent only lasts until his senses are enlivened by something that makes him smile and his happiness is restored. This is usually his companion Woodstock or a root beer.

Isn’t that what we strive for?

We deliver daffodils, tulips, lilies and candies with hopes of externalizing the magic of the season.

We share the celebration of the arrival of spring and all the newness and renewal it offers to us.

Now, I may be jumping ahead a bit for someone who lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania at the beginning of April. We’ve enjoyed a few days of 50F temperatures at the top of the mountain, but we still face the chance of a light dusting of snow and impending frost.Spring doesn’t really “happen” here until after Mothers Day when our neighbors to the east are embracing the first touch of summer. Summer here is a season that we call “The Fourth of July!”

However, when spring does make her earthly appearance, it is when the earth is enticed by lengthening days and warmer temperatures as she begins to awaken from her winter slumber.

She stretches open and reaches forth to receive the rain that gives drink to flower buds and seedlings. She takes a deep breath in, and on her exhale the leaves on the trees unfurl like tiny flags heralding her revival as baby animals tumble forth, trumpeting the good news to all who will listen.

Rebirth and re-population fill the void of winter with flurry and fury as what appeared to have been gone forever comes into being once again.

Even though it happens this way every year, we stand in awe, our insides trembling sweetly and our legs are like that of a newborn foal as we too are reborn.

Does this not seem to happen overnight?

Aren’t we called to awaken from our winter slumber, stretch forth and receive what those around us have to offer in order for us to be nurtured and to grow?

Aren’t we also called to allow the warmth of the season to melt away our own ice and snow in order to replenish and supplement others?

Springtime is when we fall in love again, speak without hesitation, saying “yes” to things we might normally refuse. However, all in a good way.

It becomes more difficult to say “no” when the world around us appears to be an outstanding affirmation of the resilience, richness and plain perfect beauty of life.

We may find ourselves feeling several years younger and ten pounds lighter without having changed a thing.

We may feel the urge to cleanse our internal bodies with a new pattern of eating, clearing our cupboards of of cold-weather comfort foods and filling them instead with lighter fare and fresh salads, fruits and vegetables.

We may clear our closets of old clothes or cut our hair to express a new facet of who we are, as well as who we might become.

Springtime inspires us to believe that, along with the earth, we too can change, releasing the past, and giving birth to new ideas, new prospects, new friendships, and new perspectives.

In honor of spring, we could compose a list of the many possibilities we envision for the future and plant that list in the earth, surrounding the fertile seeds of our imaginations to the nurturing soil.

Once in tune with the season, we can then watch in wonder as the last of the snow dissolves into the rich brown earth, and stark winter gives way to green possibility.

We might take a sheet of paper, compose our dreams, desires and prayers upon it, and bury it beneath a new annual plant before we embed it into the earth, knowing that for as long as the earth permits, our dreams and prayers will blossom and flourish along with it.

As the last vestiges of winter depart, all of nature enters into a lively and animated state of renewal.

In the springtime, earth’s life energy is awakened from dormancy, and the cycle of life begins anew.

We have the ability to sense this change taking place even before the seasonal flora around us blooms before our eyes. It is natural, therefore, that during spring many of us feel the urge to clear away the clutter that has accumulated while we’ve enjoyed being sequestered in our winter nests.

Now is the time to let the fresh breezes cleanse the energy in our homes.

Interestingly, it is near the same temperature that in autumn we shutter up, don a sweater and light a fire for warmth, that in spring we open our windows and invite that same temperature air to enter our homes to enliven and refresh us.

Spring cleaning is typically a way to welcome the new season, once again opening our doors and windows to let visitors and sunshine in. It is also a way to remove stagnant energy from our homes in order to prepare our personal space for the positive, verdant energy of spring and summer.

As we sweep away the dust and clutter that has blocked the flow of energy from our homes, we inevitably sweep away some of the issues that may have been blocking us in our lives.

Intention is important, so before cleaning, we might ask ourselves what needs to be cleansed, what can be discarded, and how we can make our homes a reflection of our best selves.

Also, we need to ask how what we cleanse and discard will allow us to reflect not only upon ourselves, but how we can shine forth in brilliance upon the world around us. Then we gather our tools and supplies, and we begin the cleaning process, much as we do when we work toward brightening, polishing, and shining up the world around us.

Once we’ve begun our spring cleaning, we may find that with each piece of clutter that we discard and each item that we clean, we begin to feel increasingly energized.

Divesting ourselves of unnecessary possessions can help us to regain clarity of mind while cleaning our windows can help us not only to refocus our vision, but allow others to see inside of us more clearly.As we clean, we invite healing and vital energy not only into our homes and our hearts, but also into the homes and hearts of all those with whom we encounter.

With love & light,

Rob

The book,”Wandering Thoughts”, is available for purchase online at
www.createspace.com/3678685 

The author is available for book readings and signings and fund raising for charitable causes.

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Make and Take Time to Play

After a very long winter of record snowfalls throughout the nation and grey skies, spring has finally come to Mount Pocono.

Our temperatures have finally reached levels to offer some rest to our woodstove at home, and we anticipate seeing the first blooms of the season. However, we have been greeted by the melting snow revealing the leaves of last autumn which I failed to remove in a timely manner.

We woke this morning to find a beautiful, gentle snowfall. It gently graced the ground with a slight touch of whiteness. It seemed to be a thin comforter cover over the yard work left to be attended to and one last day to enjoy the beauty of winter with celebration of the ensuing spring.

It was the perfect day to sleep in late with the curtains open and enjoy what natures offers us at the moment, rather than complain about it.

We never know when our last snowfall will be in life. As a season ebbs to the past, we do not know if we will see another in our lifetime. The same can be said for each day.

Each day is a gift.

With so much to do every day in our lives, it can be difficult to find time to simply breathe, think, and explore our landscapes, be they in or out  of doors, but particularly within our own selves.

However, it is possible to feed our souls and to briefly separate ourselves from life’s frenetic pace by taking a “snow day”.

Personal snow days are best taken when we feel as though we are running on empty with no chance of respite in sight or when we begin to resent the life we once lived and loved because of illness, depression, or stress.

Our snow day can go a long way toward dispelling built up stress, providing that we give ourselves full permission to indulge in nurturing activities. It’s not a day to worry about what we’re missing, what lingers on our to do list, or fret about the future which inevitably lies ahead of us. Rather, it is a day to accept the opportunity to give ourselves a break from our responsibilities and tend to ourselves in order that we may return to our responsibilities with a refreshed enlightenment with renewed alertness and awareness.

Not everyone lives in regions such as here where we are blessed with the changes of seasons and the snowfall that is granted upon us. However, we can create a snow day whenever our inner spirit tells us we need one, regardless of our local climate.

I used to refer to these as “Me Days”. These were days that I would tend to myself and enjoy the company of those I love. Now, through the beauty of nature, I prefer the term “Snow Day” as it reminds me of when I was a child and my Mom would leave a large note on my dresser reading “SNOW DAY – SHOOL’S CLOSED” and allow me to sleep in and wake upon my own time, lounge about in pajamas for a late breakfast and then go outside to play in the beauty of nature.

Once we schedule our snow day, we need to commit to ignore our chores, not tend to issues at our place of business, and do only the activities which bring us relaxation, joy, and exhilaration.

Relax, take a nap in the afternoon, play with pets or children, meditate, work in the garden, watch a film or read a novel. Take a long walk in the fading sunshine and then prepare a special dinner.

Our snow day should be as languid and lazy as we need it to be. If necessary, we can prepare for our snow day by preparing whatever we think we will want or need ahead of time.

Clean up or pay the bills the day before so that the temptation of responsibility is not at hand. Disconnect from the telephone and internet and, if possible, turn off all electricity to escape the “white noise”.

Once our snow day is over, we have a memory to hold on to and reflect upon when needed.

We can then harvest the joy and peacefulness we felt whenever we need it and keep it close to our hearts.

Understanding that we are a society that values overtime and hard work, we deserve snow day every now and again.

So, the next time that we wake to discover that nature has dropped a bit or more of snow when we hoped for warm and sunny weather, take into consideration that the universe might have something else in mind for us … a snow day.

For those of us in warmer regions, use your imagination!

Live every season, every day, every moment, as though it’s the last.

With love & light,

Rob
My book,”Wandering Thoughts”, is available for purchase online at
www.createspace.com/3678685

The author is available for book readings and signings and for fund raisings for charities.
He can be contacted at MtPoconoRob@msn.com

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