Did you see the sky last night, around twilight?
Tuesday evenings I leave my wellness group about 5:40 p.m. For the first time since the long-ago autumn, walking toward my car, it was miraculously still light, sunset taking her time sashaying across the western sky.
Spring whispers to us, seducing us on her expanding light in the day, even though it has been freezing and snowy, with wind tearing away at shingles, with shutters blowing down the road, with tiny dogs at risk for air-bound travel.
Yet spring comes.
We know everything changes. We know we are born to die. We know people, places and things all morph, shape-shifting their way through time, through space, through our lives.
We just forget it.
Or perhaps we can’t really believe that they will change.
Until they do.
Have you had something, some life-intervention, knock you (as we might say), up/side/your/head?
Life does get our attention.
Reality alters herself for us.
In Twelve Step we say, “Life does for us that which we cannot do for ourselves.”
Being human, you guys—what a dilemma.
How can we support ourselves in the ever-changing nature of our human lives?
I look to nature; there I find solace, beauty, ease. The rhythms, the flow, the coming of day, the releasing into night—they all literally remind me.
They remind me that change is inevitable.
Change I like. Change I might not.
Change I choose. Change that is thrust upon me.
In the midst of this bitter, windy day, spring hovers.
In the midst of the darkest of nights, the daylight lurks.
Within the greatest chaos, there lives serenity and ease.
One breath away, as we allow ourselves to find, to be found by that which DOES NOT CHANGE, that part of ourselves, that part of our nature that is infinite, that is forever, that is always—as we practice returning there, the yo-yo-external-world can come and go.
We are held in the consistency, the stability, the predictability of that which is ALWAYS.
How odd. How awe-filled. How miraculous.
We are that ALWAYS.
That ALWAYS is us.
Nowhere to go.
Nothing much to do.
Just to practice the comings and the goings.
As we allow our humanity to be okay enough (our worry, our fear, our longing, our clinging, our headaches, our desires, our wild and wacky minds— fill in your blank), the ALWAYS emerges.
Can’t have one without the other.
It’s all true—human and divine.
It’s all sacred.
It’s all inevitable.
Happy almost-spring, dear friends.
Let’s relax into winter.
Dear Friends, what are you noticing, as winter continues to hold us in her grip, and spring flirts on the horizon? What helps you stay steady-enough during change? What supports your flexibility and fluidity in life? As always, please let me know. Your responses are true gifts to me. I am firstname.lastname@example.org.