Miriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines season as:
noun: one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions
noun: a recurrent time marked by major holidays
noun: a period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field
verb: lend flavor to
verb: make fit
verb: make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
I have noticed in recent years that the seasons of the year are packed to overflowing with activity, growth and change. Whereas when I was younger the years had a distinct flavor, now the seasons themselves are colored and marked by themes that begin and end quickly as new areas of interest spark and carry me into uncharted territories.
In my work with clients and interactions with others I’ve observed this same phenomenon. We are being seasoned by the desire from within for a more heartful and engaging way of living and being. If we are to stay current with our emerging deep inner self we must continue to let go of old behaviors and ideas about who we thought we were. As we release old concepts and behavior our true nature begins to be revealed, and with it a state of grace.
Whatever we cling to thinking it defines us is somehow limiting our true expression. The definition of you is unique in all the world. Only you have had your experiences. Only you have walked your path. Only you know what you truly need. Only you can feel your heart warm and race a bit in the presence of someone or something you love. Our divinity alone gives life, lights eyes and drums hearts.
As Gerald Manley Hopkins said in one of my favorite poems As Kingfishers Catch Fire, What I do is me, for that I came.
Life in the body in this life that we alone are living is a journey to discovering our wholeness, our holiness, that which we alone can do as we stand in the light of all we are and shine it out into the world.
The tree in the picture dropped all of its leaves a couple days after I took this picture. It doesn’t look the same but the spirit of the tree is alive and well. Today the angles of its dark limbs reach in sacred geometry against the backdrop of the sky. A season of rest and the restoration of resources begins. When the seasons change again the green buds of spring will begin the cycle of creating these gorgeous orangey-red leaves anew.
These flowers bloom in the entrance to my home; a vibrant greeting welcoming me back from the world at large. I am amazed when I stop to realize how often I simply forget to notice the beauty and abundance always around me; the blessings the universe is constantly offering when I am busy “living” and wondering how I am ever going to get enough done to make a difference, to make a dent in the to-do list that I add to every day or the pile of papers languishing on the table until I finally find a few moments to take action to do whatever must be done before they can be filed or discarded.
When did it get to be this way? When did the balance tip so far into the overwhelmed zone that I lost the joy of living an active and creative life? I now find myself planning to plan to organize so I can get a handle on all of this stuff that I don’t really care about but feel I must attend to.
It is time to step out of the insanity of that plan and stop to look at the flowers while they bloom. My new plan is and has been for some time to begin eliminating the time and energy sappers…. to say no to the things that offer little or nothing in return and banish them from my to-do list and my life.
These days, especially with the overabundance of information available online, I have found it easy to get caught up in someone else’s vision or someone else’s plan or agenda for how I should spend my time, money and life. As I do this my own vision and plan (as much of them as I have allowed myself the time and luxury of imagining) are shoved to the back burner to simmer.
It is only when the vision, plan and agenda of another complement and are in resonance with who and what we are that there is truly a mutual benefit. And from a mutually beneficial alliance comes a feeling of abundance and well-being for all.
When we spend our time doing the things that feel joyful and mean something to us our life can expand in an abundance of magical and miraculous ways.