“The soul is the greening life force of the flesh, for the body grows and prospers through her, just as the earth becomes fruitful when it is moistened. The soul humidifies the body so it does not dry out, just like the rain which soaks into the earth.”― Hildegard of Bingen
“O most honored Greening Force, You who roots in the Sun;
You who lights up, in shining serenity, within a wheel
that earthly excellence fails to comprehend.
You are enfolded
in the weaving of divine mysteries.
You redden like the dawn
and you burn: flame of the Sun.”
― Hildegard von Bingen, Holistic Healing
Overnight, the leaves broke open in unison on my front tree.
Sun this morning.
Dew on the grass.
Spring unfolding, noticeably.
Gestation, bloom, formation.
The breath and brush of God.
The earth, the canvas.
“Underneath all the texts, all the sacred psalms and canticles, these watery varieties of sounds and silences, terrifying, mysterious, whirling and sometimes gestating and gentle must somehow be felt in the pulse, ebb, and flow of the music that sings in me. My new song must float like a feather on the breath of God.”― Hildegard of Bingen
“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” – Carl Friedrich Gauss
“My favorite six letter word is
because it promises
My favorite five letter word is
because it insists on contradicting
My favorite four letter word is
because it says it
My favorite three letter word is
because I’m just now learning
to say it
to my heart.
My favorite two letter word is
because it makes
all things possible
If not always
If not never
Yes.”― Kate Dicamillo
May you enter open fields of joy and run with abandon.
Open to this day and all that is present before you.
We remember the extraordinary and live in the ordinary.
Mark this ordinary day be imprinted with your fingerprint, footprint, embrace.
Ordinary becoming extraordinary.
Feel the earth under your feet, the sky filled with blue and light above.
Make your answer “Yes!” to this day.
Love, be loved, enjoy the journey.
“If you have no intention of loving or being loved, the whole journey is pointless.”― Kate DiCamillo
“Every flower must grow through dirt” –Laurie Jean Sennott
“As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer.”― William Shakespeare
April is fickle.
May, there’s no turning back.
The threshold into spring, the cusp of summer days ahead, light and warm.
Soon full color, certain bloom.
Spring in full swing.
The faint scent of spring soon to be overwhelming.
Do not miss the show.
A lift, an entering, a flow.
Cross the threshold.
Happy May Day.
“…I hear the sounds of melting snow outside my window every night and with the first faint scent of spring, I remember life exists…” – John Geddes
“Did I live? The human world is like a vast musical instrument on which we play our individual part while simultaneously listening to the compositions of others in an effort to contribute to the whole. We don’t choose whether to engage, only how to; we either harmonize or create dissonance.” – Stephen Batchelor
“Nature thrives in its own special way – there is a time to begin, there is a time to wait and there is a time to let go and just watch the magical powers of nature unfolding the best it has to offer. ― Sanchita Pandey, Lessons from My Garden
Spring is unfolding slowly.
Rain to green up and brighten the world.
Soften the earth.
Color in the wings await to take front and center stage.
New life from dormancy and rest, precursor to bloom.
Enter the unfolding each day to lengthen the season.
Witness. Partake. Savor.
These days pass swiftly.
Pass through them awake.
Pause. Breath. Thrive.
“The sooner we let go of holding on, the sooner we can hold on to the beauty of what’s unfolding before us. Nothing was ever meant to stay the same forever.”― Julieanne O’Connor
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu
“Arrives, year after year, humble and obedient
And gorgeous. You listen and you know
You could live a better life than you do, be
Softer, kinder. And maybe this year you will
Be able to do it. Hear how his voice
Rises and falls. There is no way to be
Sufficiently grateful for the gifts we are
Given, no way to speak the Lord’s name
Often enough, though we do try, and
Especially now, as that dappled breast
Breathes in the pines and heaven’s
Windows in the north country,
Now spring has come,
Are opened wide.” – Mary Oliver, Spring
Porous, durable, bendable.
Yielding and rooted.
Open to receive.
Pour back out again.
Water smoothing the rock.
Spring unfolding before you.
“If a branch is too rigid, it will break. Resist, and you will perish. Know how to yield, and you will survive.”― Liezi, Lieh-tzu: A Taoist Guide to Practical Living
“Spring adds new life and new joy to all that is.” – Jessica Harrelson
“Only in the pauses between things, in the brief contemplative spaces of just being, can we catch a glimpse of love itself.”― Gerald G. May, The Awakened Heart: Opening Yourself to the Love You Need
Accept and open the gift of spring.
Of new life, of bloom, of colors on fire.
Ground softening, brown to green.
The earth coming alive, awakening to joy of new beginnings.
Today is it, not someday when.
Now is the time.
Pause, suspend, enter the fullness of this moment.
Alongside circumstances, struggles, gratitude and joy exist to complete the whole picture, not replace or remove.
The mix of it all, noticing the good twice as much as the hard.
Glimpses, signs, wonders, awe abound to anchor and root in.
Notice the flowers rather than the weeds.
Forefronts and backdrops.
Hone your senses to choose well.
Beauty in the pause.
Joy awaiting your arrival.
“Joy is the reaction one has to the full appreciation of Being. It is one’s response to finding one’s rightful, rooted place in life, and it can happen only when one knows through and through that absolutely nothing is being denied or otherwise shut out of awareness.”― Gerald G. May, Will and Spirit
“Every winter has its spring.” – H. Tuttle
“Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle
You have time.
Be fully in this day.
Enter rest, sabbath.
Spring is coming, soon, not quite yet.
Spring rains to soften.
Snow to swing through tomorrow.
Nature has her way.
Transition, transformation, spring.
“You only have control over three things in your life-the thoughts you think, the images you visualise, and the actions you take.”― Jack Canfield
“The bird dares to break the shell, then the shell breaks open and the bird can fly openly. This is the simplest principle of success. You dream, you dare and and you fly.”― Israelmore Ayivor
“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.”― Monique Duval
We’ve gone from 7+ feet of snow two weeks ago to 5 days of 80+ degrees.
Robins and red-winged blackbirds proclaim spring’s return, this week a slice of July.
Deep snow lingers still.
Temps dropping to 50s and rain tomorrow.
Snow on Sunday.
Back to spring 50s next week.
Seasons colliding, merging, dancing.
Polka. Waltz. Salsa.
Winter to summer and back again to spring.
Patterns of nature.
Up, down, all around.
Life on display.
Become part of the silence, the flow.
Your answer to what is right now, a resounding “Yes!”
Dream. Dare. Fly.
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”― Robert Lynd
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde
When winter lingers into April, clinging tightly.
Beautiful bright flowers on a rainy cold day from friends who stick and stay.
“Just a little something to say we are thinking of you! Happy Spring, love Chris and Lynn.”
So much more than “a little something.”
Acts of kindness.
Grace in action, no words can compete.
Love shows up in so many ways.
We all have the capacity and calling to be carriers of love.
Joy multiplies with a simple hello, a text, a call.
The loudest often in quiet authentic acts.
In unexpected flowers delivered on an April winter day.
Spring delivered when nature is holding out on us, seasons in an arm wrestle and head lock.
Pass it on.
Deliver spring today.
“Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.”― Anais Nin
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. (Sonnet XCVIII)”― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets
“Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.” – Luther Burbank
April showers, ala Minnesota.
There may be a bit of delay in the bloom.
But there are flowers underneath the fresh blanket of fluffy water.
Preparing, softening, readying for spring.
Never doubt spring will come.
Nor doubt winter will linger until ready to bid adieu.
“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.” – Marty Rubin