To celebrate the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, get yourself outdoors and reflect on the wonder of nature. This poem, taken from Mary Oliver’s West Wind, is the perfect inspiration. Breathe in the promise of newness. Open your hands to the world.Spring. by Mary Oliver “This morning
fell down the side of the maple tree like a tuft of fire
a wheel of fire
a love knot out of control as they plunged through the air
pressed against each other
and I thought how I meant to live a quiet life
how I meant to live a life of mildness and meditation
tapping the careful words against each other and I thought—
as though I were suddenly spinning like a bar of silver
as though I had shaken my arms and lo! they were wings— of the Buddha
when he rose from the green garden
when he rose in his powerful ivory body when it turned to the long dusty road without end
when he covered his hairs with ribbons and the petals of flowers
when he opened his hands to the world.”
What is your favorite thing about spring? How will you greet the freshness of this season?
Looking forward to your thoughts.