2010-04-09 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Each springtime that comes around has me taken aback by the ease with which flowers bloom, the joyful chirping of the birds, the gusto of the squirrels as they swing from the tree branches chomping away at the newly sprouted berries.

I feel the primitive urge in my soul to worship the sun. It feels so glorious, warm and welcoming. The sun feels healing in a deep way.

I recall the longing I had experienced for just that sensation during the long, cold winter months.

One does want to celebrate the return of the sun and so I can understand how ancient peoples created rituals to give thanks for the light and warmth and hidden blessings of the sun that cause all manner of things on earth to grow and produce bountifully for us to live.

As I languish in the rays, I am reminded of how easy it is to forget pain and suffering once it has passed. The winter seemed interminable and difficult and long.

Once spring has arrived, one forgets the intensity of the hardship and can only be in the present moment with expectations of a lovely summer ahead. Reflecting on these sensations and remembering these feelings, one recalls how we all tend to feel in times of pain or suffering.

We feel as though it will never end. Like labor and childbirth. When it is over, we don’t remember how painful it really was. We see only the goodness that now exists. This is one of the gifts of linear time.

Our time on earth is marked by linear time. It can be restricting or it can free you. It all depends on your perception. And the remembering.

Everything comes full circle. There is a time for every season. These may sound like platitudes but platitudes can be sustaining.

We find solace in trusting that disturbing conditions will pass. Springtime has always been a harbinger of good news.

The light returns every year at the same time. You can count on it.

There has never been a time when spring hasn’t sprung. There has never been a time when winter was the only season.

Spring gives us hope. And hope springs eternal. It is a mutual dance of life that imbues us with the possibilities of change, growth, abundance, prosperity.

Take the time to reflect on the manifestation of nature during this season. Emulate it.

We are an integral part of nature and it is in our being to live in accordance with it. Trust that you are in the same alignment and go with the flow.

Emily Dickinson wrote a beautiful poem that reflects this idea.
When they come back-if Blossoms do-
I always feel a doubt
If Blossoms can be born again
When once the Art is out-
When they begin, if Robins may,
I always had a fear
I did not tell, it was their last
Experiment Last Year,
When it is May, if May return,
Had nobody a pang
Lest in a Face so beautiful
He might not look again?
If I am there-One does not know
What Party-One may be
Tomorrow, but if I am there
I take back all I say-
Enjoy the seasons of Life.
May The Blessings Be!

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