March 2021

Spirit Garden Reflections

Spring Waters

Water beckons us into the sacred 
flow of life.

-Christine Valters-Paintner

Welcome to the Reflection for March!

For many of us this spring, we are gazing back over the year that has passed and we are remembering how our lives took a sudden turn last March with the world-wide outbreak of Covid-19.

I remember taking walks in my neighborhood at that time and being grateful for the ancient rhythms of nature that were holding us steady as the world as we knew it pivoted into a ‘new normal’.

This March, the outdoors beckon once again.  This time, the element of water has been calling to me with an invitation to notice how often it shifts and changes shape and form.  The water is a reminder of resilience and adaptability.  It seems to me that the water element has been at work in all of our lives during this pandemic.  We’ve been called to ebb and flow with the ever-changing dynamics of this virus as we seek to keep one another safe and healthy.

The element of water covers 70% of the earth, and it makes up 60% of our bodies.  Water is an integral part of our life.  Our Spirit Garden Reflection this month holds an invitation to allow water to be our teacher in life.  As the spring sun warms the earth, melting snow and ice to restore its fluid state, what is being awakened in you these days?  How does life want to flow within you?

As you prepare yourself to listen to this reflection, perhaps you might take a moment to reflect upon the qualities and attributes you notice about the water element.  If you have a journal close by, write some of those words down.  For myself, as I spend time near the water lately, the word, refresh, keeps coming to my mind.  This single word has become a prayer in my heart to refresh our weary world.

As the seasons turn and Spring awakens us, may the spring waters flow in your life, bringing refreshment to your soul.

With refreshing blessings,

Let water be your teacher in life.

-Nancy Napier

Spring Waters

The audio file below offers a Reflection on allowing water to be our teacher.  The Reflection is followed by a handout with some questions that are intended to help you journal your own thoughts and experiences with the movement of water.  Please print these out before you listen to the audio file.

You are invited to create a comfortable space for yourself, perhaps light a candle and wrap a shawl around you as you take about 20 minutes to listen to the reflection and then answer the questions.  May this be a nourishing and replenishing time of some soul tending.

Reflection Questions

Please click on the button below to download the reflection questions that go along with this meditation.

May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back…

-Rainer Maria Rilke


Spirit Garden Moments

Spirit Garden Moments offer a short pause in your day and an opportunity for reflection.  The Spirit Garden Moment this month invites you into a simple ritual using the element of water.

The Rhythm of Flow


water bowl

In these first few weeks of March, we can begin to feel the changing of the seasons.  A quiet awakening is happening as winter is giving itself over to spring.

On my daily walks, I have loved noticing the sights and sounds shifting and changing around me.  Bit, by bit, the snow is softening under the warming sun and I can hear it shifting and sinking as it melts.  There are rivulets of water flowing down the street, spilling into drain holes that echo like a waterfall.

My senses welcome these sights and sounds of the water element changing forms from frozen to liquid.  The sound of trickling water calls to the soul.  It is an invitation to find the rhythm of flow in our own lives and it can beckon to our creativity. 

Yet, for myself, I notice that I have felt rather bogged down these days with things that I ‘should’ be doing and things that I ‘need’ to get done.  I felt drawn to create some space in my days to follow my heart:  tend to my writing, read a book, or pick up that magazine that has been calling to me.

Perhaps you are also feeling a need to create some space in your life for something that wants to nourish you.

So today, I would like to offer you a simple water ritual that you can do when you want to enter the energy of flow, replenishment and self-care. 

A ritual is a way of bringing our attention to our intention and the intention for this ritual is about cleansing, purifying and refreshing our energy.

I would invite you to find a beautiful bowl in your home; one that makes you smile when you see it.  Next, find a hand towel, perhaps one that feels soft on your skin.  Fill your bowl with warm water and set it on your counter or table.  Then, take a few deep cleansing breaths and hold in your heart your intention to cleanse away all of the ‘should’s’ that have been filling your hands these days. 

Now, gently wash your hands in the water in your bowl and imagine you are clearing away the energy of all of the ‘shoulds’ and ‘have-to’s’ that you’ve been holding.  Imagine them dissolving into the water and clearing a space for you to take the next hour(s) to tend to the things that call to your heart and soul.

As you dry your hands, remind yourself that your hands are the way that your heart creates in the world.  These next few hours, your hands are now free to flow where your soul is calling you….to rest, to meander, to play, to create…

May you come back to this simple ritual whenever you need to flow more freely with the creative nature of your soul.

With flowing blessings,

The gentlest thing in the world overcomes 
the hardest thing in the world.

-Lao Tzu

In Closing

This morning is the first day of spring and I woke early to see the sunrise.  It was a beautiful sight to see the first hints of purple, pink and orange emerge on the horizon as if rising from the earth itself.  There is something about witnessing the sunrise that lifts the spirit.  As we enter this new season, may your senses be attuned to all that makes your spirit flow with new life.  

Spring blessings,

Kathy by the Ocean

Connect & Share

You are invited to share any of the words or lessons that the element of water has evoked for you, or perhaps what you look forward to each spring. May we help each other welcome the energy of this new season!