Spring is here... and my brain is still wondering what happened to winter! Nevertheless, I am always grateful for the reminders that Spring brings. New life, new growth, a time to start anew. No matter how dark it becomes, the light always returns. Sometimes the light shines on what we have forgotten, but more often, it shines on a new perspective, with new possibilities.
So why would we ever resist Spring? Many people are describing growth at an accelerated rate this year. If this is you, believe me, you are not alone. Emotional and spiritual shifts have been predicted to start happening more quickly and intensely than ever before. I notice a part of myself resisting some of these new possibilities, still attached to the patterns I am accustomed to (especially the unhealthy bits!). I can feel that every cell in my body is ready to shift into a new way of being. Most of the time, I can't even help it from happening! But along with this shifting is a constant voice of fear. Do I really want to let go? Is this too much too fast? Who do I think I am? Am I fooling myself? I want the results without the process! Deep breath Michelle. Change can feel scary, but it is also exciting. I remind myself that these shifts are the manifestation of my higher good-- of what I have asked for! Yes, it may mean letting go of certain people, certain patterns, and certain comforts. What helps me along? Remembering that by letting go, space is created for new possibilities; Practicing trust and patience with my higher self. Imagine if a bud were to fear becoming a blossom! So to the fear I say: Thank you for sharing, and I will continue on my way.
Now that I've created space for growth, I must also watch out for that other voice that gets frustrated by the process. Sometimes it feels like one step forward and two steps back... even though it is more likely to be two steps forward and one step back. I think of growth as a forward spiral. The backwards pull is also what propels us forward. We know that not every seed sprouts, and not all buds blossom. Plus, it would be silly to rush the bloom of the flower, right?
Life is constant change. Suffering arises when we try to resist it. Let us keep our eyes looking ahead, with gratitude for our past, trust in our future, and surrender to the flow of constant change in the moment.