Today is the Spring Equinox – from the Latin “equal night”, when there is equal light and dark in our day – marking the beginning of Spring for countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
We, the older ones,
Call it Spring,
And we have been through it
But there is still nothing
Like the children bringing home
In their small hands.
Mary Oliver, Children, It’s Spring
This old Celtic prayer from Scotland is appropriate for two reasons today – the feast of Saint Patrick, the patron of Ireland and because of the weather we have had this week:
May the blessing of the rain be on you,
may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the earth be on you,
soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,
soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day;
and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it.
May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly;up and off and on its way to God.
And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.
What does it take to use the life we already have in order to make us wiser rather than more stuck?
The answer to these questions seems to have to do with bringing everything that we encounter to the path. Everything naturally had a ground, path, and fruition. But it is also said that the path itself is both the ground and the fruition. The path is the goal. This path has one very distinct characteristic: it is not prefabricated. It doesn’t already exist. The path that we’re talking about is the moment-by-moment evolution of our experience, the moment-by-moment evolution of the world of phenomena, the moment-by-moment evolution of our thoughts and emotions. The path is uncharted. It comes into existence moment-by-moment and at the same time drops away behind us.
When we realize that the path is the goal, there’s a sense of workability. Everything that occurs in our confused mind we can regard as the path. Everything is workable.
The journey is into the wildness of your greater life. The wilderness is your soul. To merge with your destiny, you must locate, liberate and live what is truly wild. The soul is here to live its joy. The unitiated ego is here to keep things familiar, safe and predictable. Which path will you choose?.
Bill Plotkin, Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche
The Joy that isn’t shared,
Anne Sexton, from Welcome Morning
Most days we resist the moment as it presents itself – even if good – as we either try to make it last longer or change into something else. So we go out of the heart and into the head, judging, plotting, wishing. But becoming whole is only realizable from within, when we come to see the heart is complete when it is free of wanting more or wanting less.
As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.
Pablo Neruda, Ode to a Naked Beauty