Spring Ahead

Flowering HillsSpring is a time of transition. The warmer weather, combined with longer days and shorter nights, gives us more time for renewal. Gardens awaken, sending each of us an invitation to touch, smell, notice, and get involved. There is expectation in the air as tender shoots peek out from the previously dormant flower bulbs and birds seem to chirp with a happier song. Yes, it is the season of change and new beginnings are definitely appearing all around us. Each day, with the additional hours of light, I check off many items on a to-do list that was started last fall.

The end of winter always triggers powerful rumblings inside of me—strong sensations that whisper to me that something is about to shift. With no content to these feelings, there is no way of knowing what unforeseen possibilities lie ahead. Patience is required. It is a feeling of expectation similar to those moments right before a 10K race when the runner awaits the starter’s gun with a perfect blend of anticipation and relaxation. Every year spring ignites this feeling in me and I practice remaining available and ready. Calm anticipation is an interesting experience, especially since it is devoid of gloom or doom. It includes an inner knowing that something special and maybe auspicious is about to happen.

We live in an unsettling era of unforeseen possibilities. Although these are uncertain times, they also include a promise for something better. And even though change is often beyond our control, remaining open and available seems to be the best posture to take. There is excitement in the springing forth of new beginnings, and with Mother Nature once again offering her nurturing abundance, life is good.

So, as these feelings percolate within, I remind myself to remain open and receptive to all invitations, both subtle and obvious. Remaining responsive, instead of reactive, allows me to take advantage of the changes ahead. Those who have not yet prepared themselves for these moments of change may cling to the past and render themselves unable to appreciate the potential in the unknown. However, since living in an ever-changing world requires a strategy that accepts the inevitable, it would be more sensible for all of us to be aware of, and ready for, change. I personally continue the practices that remind me to remain balanced, flexible, and available to whatever is coming my way. So instead of seeing change as an upsetting inconvenience, I see it as a challenge and an opportunity for growth.

This season of awakening, offers new beginnings, and although they might be unsettling, there is no way to prevent the inevitable. Therefore, I conclude that I might as well go along for the ride. When I am faced with changing circumstances, I remind myself that surfing the waves of uncertainty is invigorating. Then, I take the opportunity to thank the sun for sending its warming rays once again as we prepare for yet another grand cycle of birth and death.

None of us are the same since November’s darkness began, and I welcome the spring ahead with an open heart and mind. I have discovered that being curious and receptive to life’s invitations is really a great strategy. As well, remaining available to change has some very definite benefits for it keeps us youthful and alive!

2 thoughts on “Spring Ahead

  1. Gary R

    Very positive and well-written. I especially like the concept of seeing change “as a challenge and an opportunity for growth.”

  2. Anthony Calvello

    Gopal you write: “We live in an unsettling era of unforeseen possibilities. Although these are uncertain times, they also include a promise for something better.” These words Gopal echo very strongly here in Florida and America where a dark political climate cast a shadow on positive change and growth nationwide. But I am always sustained by your injunction to look within. ac

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