I remember when it seemed so unusual to be aware of the Spring Equinox. I don't know what everybody who wasn't scanning the interwebs for “simple rituals to celebrate the equinox” was doing, maybe watching basketball (March Madness, whaaaat!!!!). But here we are in an evolving world, and far and wide social posts are welcoming the balance point between darkness and light. Most seem ready to spring toward the light. Just ask the US Senate. But swirling in the shadows of the cultural consciousness is also the awareness that we are officially at the 2 year anniversary of C- Lockdowns, there are wars being fought in distant lands across the globe, many people are worried about the cost of daily living, and on and on. How do we reconcile the bursting forth of new life, and the nagging drag of entropy?
Let's take some cues from Nature. When we are DOWN IN IT, going through a challenging situation, (day, month, whatevuh) we are like the little caterpillar, making its way through the meadow, and every blade of grass seems a massive obstacle, so much so that it will only travel as far as about thirty feet in a lifetime! But once it has posted up, spun its silky sac of transformation, gone through the gruesome process of digesting itself and then producing a whole new body, it emerges equipped to travel as much as 4000 miles during its 4-6 week life. It is smooth sailing. Those blades of grass mean nada, zilch, zippo to the majestic butterfly.
To be like the butterfly, it seems helpful to rise above the present obstacles. Try taking the birds eye view, begin to be identified with the sky rather than the meadow. We actually have the choice to connect with the context of life, rather than its contents, and live from that Space. To do so breeds unity, rather than division, and equanimity when darkness gathers and storms threaten to blow us off course.
So today, whether you are weaving flower crowns or watching Duke take on MI State, join me in welcoming spring, and the Light it brings. And may all beings everywhere know peace.