“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”
Hello, happy spring! In the northern hemisphere, today is officially the first day of this beautiful season, and there is a little something in this time of the year for everyone—even if the weather isn’t feeling different yet. Typically, spring is not too hot, and not too cold. Spring, just like Goldilocks said, “is just right.”
In my essay “Winter: A Time to Go Within,” I spoke about how the wintery season is a perfect time for connecting within to our quiet inner world for warmth and comfort. Now, I suggest that spring is a time for renewal—to pop our heads out and see the world with fresh eyes. Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” Let’s see our lives with new eyes through the lens of spring.
As the days grow longer and the temperatures start to warm up, our friends the trees get the message from Mother Nature that the winter is over and it is time for new growth. But this certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Little by little, the buds break out and the leaves begin to grow.
The tree has a purpose, and all of its efforts are placed on that one task. We can say that a tree in spring has a one-pointed focus. All of its attention—its Focused Attention—is right where it needs to be to live its strong, grand, magnificent life.
In spring, nature calls us to focus our attention on living in the world. The time for retreat is over. Spring is calling us outside so we can shake off the cold of winter. We somehow feel magically rejuvenated and motivated to make our lives and the world a more beautiful place. These changes need not be on the outside to beautify the world; they are about seeing the beauty that is already present in each moment by bringing our attention right where we are: right where we need to be—right here in the now.
With this image of the tree in mind, let us approach the moments of the day as if each step we take is an opportunity to grow our “leaves” of awareness. And know that the more leaves we have, the more we can absorb the light! What a metaphor this is—leaves give the tree the ability to absorb light, and being aware in the present moment gives us the ability to shine our light and be the light!
When we are in the present moment, like the tree, we can pursue our purpose, find meaning, and thrive. Go outside in this new season, this new environment bursting with life, and cultivate and nurture your inner world and feel your heart blossom.
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
—Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam