Spring blessings to one and all......Has the earth been speaking to you lately? Many say today is the first day of Spring.
I beg to differ. It seems to me that the birds have been heralding Spring since early February when the first bulbs starting poking up through the earth. In the Lunar calendar the first day of Spring is usually sometime in early February and coincides with the Chinese New Year. The Equinox not only signifies when day and not are of equal length but to me it says we are in the middle and that makes total sense as early Feb was about 6 weeks ago However one does not need a calendar to tell when the seasonal energies are changing, all one needs to do is fully engage the senses to feel the changes. I can
always tell by the quality of the birdsong...all of a sudden it is different, the breezes blow differently and so on. By May 1st the trees where I live are usually fully leafed out and are just beginning their summer cycle and I always hear the birds start their trilling birdsong as you would hear in midsummer. By the way....June 21 the summer solstice is also called Midsummer...which tells me summer is half over...... So....just go outside and listen to the sounds, smell the air, feel the breeze, watch the animals....all of these signs will tell you what season it is or what season is coming.
I received this poem by Master Ni and Maoshing Ni in my inbox today and thought it was so beautiful I just had to share it.
Happy Spring Blessings,
When the Universal Mother Speaks to Me
When the Universal Mother speaks to me,
she speaks through the sky, sun, moon and stars.
She speaks through the Earth, oceans, rivers, lakes and streams.
And she speaks through the mountains, trees and meadows.
She speaks to me through all her natural creations.
They all carry her voice.
All of Nature is her utterance.
Each time I stop my busy mind,
my heart overflows with love for her,
like water from a mountain spring, pure and clean.
Without a mother's love,
a child cannot smile and an adult cannot mature.
Mothers are the first to teach love to the lives of the young.
A mother's unconditional love is the foundation of all love.
A mother is the gentle, sweet spirit that
makes unhappiness and worries disappear.
The world is full of suffering
because people do not see the true nature of a mother's love.
They lack insight into the interconnectedness of all beings and things.
The all-pervading love of Nature is the inter-beingness that
connects through and with all.
The beauty of the Hue River embraces and deeply inspires me.
The water of the river, running forever, is
like my love for the world and its people.
Though this river may live outside of me,
I have a life river inside of me.
Though all beautiful waters impress me,
they are but the semblance of the river inside of me.
The river that impresses me most deeply is the river of life.
It has no beginning and it will have no end.
It is always there.
So many streams have entered it,
nourishing and supporting the flow of life.
The river of life is always transforming.
Although its face may change from time to time,
its original purpose is always there,
providing continuous support to all forms of life to grow and thrive.
It is the stream of my life to be more than alive.
When I allow my life to be with Nature's vastness,
I touch deeply each life and each thing I encounter.
I walk mindfully along the path of life and
understand the need to help others who are but
parts of the one, whole being that is inside and outside of me.
There is deep compassion and kind love that
runs forever like the continuous flow of rivers.
My life speaks from the range of its own being
through the deep support of the Mother Universe.
˜ Hua-Ching Ni and Maoshing Ni, Love of Mother Universe, page 202