Spring is here! Is is so nice to once again be able to sleep with the windows open and to wake up to the singing of the birds in the morning. Spring is definitely late this year. Nineteen years ago my father-in-law’s funeral service was held of May 4th. I vividly recall that it was a very warm spring. We sat out on our back deck after the service. The only rain that day was the falling of the green coating that had encapsulated the buds of the leaves on our Northern Maple tree. We sat underneath this tree, literally watching the buds busting open and the leaves unravelling from within. In only a few hours 50% of our tree had foliage. The symbolism of that new birth after having just returning from the funeral was so profound. From death comes life. Since then I have measured the timing of spring’s arrival based on the development of the new buds on that tree. From my speculations the buds will not come into full leaf for about another 2 weeks.
Each year I seem to have a heightened awareness of the wonders of the earth and the beauty that erupts from its dark and moist soil. I am also more aware of the sounds of spring. The return of the birds chirping in the morning, the laughter of the children able to once again play outside (ironically they are playing road hockey!) Soon our evenings will be filled with the lights of the dragonflies, the sounds of the crickets and the all too often slapping of skin in our vain attempt to squash a mosquito before it has its treat at our expense.
With this heightened sense of awareness in Spring I realize that there are changes that I need to make in my life. I have learned the hard way once again. I over did things a bit and the consequence was that I have had a sore jaw. Not the sharp shooting pains I have experienced on occasion but a soreness that is definitely uncomfortable and painful at times. I realize that I have also been under more stress lately than usual as we begin to face the challenges and reality of aging parents. But, I am listening to my body and doing what feels harmonious as I bring my body back to a healthy and happy state. I am minimizing the time I spend doing activities that seem to aggravate the situation, like vacuuming (oh heaven forbid I have to give that up for a while!) The one change that you will notice is that I will not have a feature article in this month’s newsletter. Sitting at the computer is something that seems to irritate the jaw and I am guided to reduce the time spent at my pc. Thus, the writing of a feature article will have to be put on hold until I am guided to return to preparing one.
I ask that everyone be even more aware of their bodies and the messages it is giving. Stop raking before it hurts. Watch that you don’t over extend yourself with commitments and make time for yourself. Spend more time with your family and friends. Enjoy connecting with nature. Laugh and enjoy life.
Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s day. For those of you who are are not mothers celebrate the day too because in some way you too nurture, care for and love someone or a pet in your lives. Celebrate life everyday and on special days like Mother’s Day let’s celebrate twice as much and appreciate it twice as much too!
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