And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you saying,
“This is the way; walk in it.”
Welcome to the Reflection for March!
As I went for a walk around my neighborhood yesterday, I discovered a welcome sight and sound – robins. They have returned and have brought with them their songs of spring. These cheerful robins brought a reminder that even as we navigate these unchartered waters of our man-made world and systems changing rapidly, the rhythms of the earth are remaining constant. The snow is melting, the robins are returning, the days are getting longer, all of these are signs that our ancient world keeps turning and unfolding with the cycles of creation.
I don’t know about you, but I take comfort in these small things these days. I find myself listening and watching for these familiar sights and sounds that ground me and hold me during these times of uncertainty.
Last week, we officially celebrated the Spring Equinox and in Indigenous teachings, we have entered the direction of the East on the medicine wheel. This is a time of new beginnings and seed planting. It is a time for the beginning of new growth. The metaphor is not lost on me, that as we enter this season of new beginnings, we find ourselves navigating the unknown waters with the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems to be right on time as it moves us into unknown territory and has us exploring new ways of being and doing.
If you are like me, this time of new beginnings has its moments of casting me into fear, doubt and worry, then it has moments of moving me into the deepest kind of gratitude for the many ways all of our needs are being met. Times like these, when we are thrown into the unknown can bring all of our senses more alive. I am heartened by the way we are moving closer together, globally, as we navigate our way through this. I am heartened by the sights and sounds of spring that remind me that everything has its season. And, most of all, I am heartened by this deep and abiding peace that settles into my bones that new paths and new ways of being are opening up before us and that we will never be the same when this is over. In my vision, we will be better, we will be more compassionate, we will be closer together and more caring of each other and our planet.
The Spirit Garden Reflection that I offer you this month is one about finding water in unlikely places and navigating our way through unknown territory.
The audio file below offers a short reflection on navigating the unknown and discovering what you need in unlikely places. The audio is followed by a handout with some questions that are intended to help you journal your own thoughts and experiences on this reflection.
Please print these out before you listen to the audio file. You are invited to pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and 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.
Please click on the button below to download the reflection questions to go along with Finding Water.
Move inward, but do not move the way that fear moves you.
As we seek to flatten the curve of this pandemic, live into this ‘pause’ in our normal routines and ride the waves of change and the unknown, may we look to the unfolding season of spring around us and take comfort in its rhythms.
Grace, Peace and Love to each of you. May you be safe and be well.
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