Today and every day let’s really look after ourselves and make sure we make time to get out there and really appreciate spring, to let its energy, fresh air, scents and atmosphere of positive change infuse us with motivation and life! Spring sprung into action here in the Peaks last week, the sun shone, the birds sang and trees burst into blossom and green bud. Then we’ve had a few crazy days of insane weather, snow, which settled, sunshine, wind, stillness, torrential downpours, we’ve had it all. It’s crazy April weather. April is known for being a bit crazy here in the UK, but still, when the sun was shining and then I looked out my window to see a blanket of snow I thought I was hallucinating, everything felt tipped upside down. Life went crazy too recently with a lot of stressful happenings and endless viruses and upsets and I felt like not leaving my house, which never does me any good at all as I am a claustrophobic creature and need fresh air and a change in scenery or I just cannot breathe, which I am struggling to do anyway my chest is so tight at the moment. The snow! It seemed so unnatural, threatening, a sign of global warming. I spoke of it to a woman working as a dental receptionist, ‘it’s pathetic’, she said, which I found quite funny.
Today I went out and was so glad I did, it was just so glorious. The hills are so majestic, they change with every moment of the day with the shifting cloud and light, from greens to ochre to shades of charcoal black. I love so much to see them frosted with snow. The sun shone and the air was cold and fresh and life felt good, even though it was still full of stress, that’s life. I have to do everything I can to feel less stressed and so to cope. All stress does is make us ill, we need to fight it, peacefully! Once outside, nature could only lift me up and make me feel I was in a precious moment as I walked in-between showers with the sun shining and the hills dazzling all around.
I live opposite a lovely park, and there are ducklings! They’re just the most beautiful dear little things. And the water, I so love the patterns water makes they’re just hypnotic. It is like liquid metal. There’s always something to see in a park.
I always gasp as I spot a heron, they’re such stunning birds, almost mystical in their appeal somehow. This heron was a little too close to the ducklings. A reality check. But that’s a side of nature, one they cannot suppress, and one we, as humans, do not have to indulge and be a part of. For us is the beauty of the bud turning into fruit, of roots growing tubers in the earth, of green beans hanging from the vine, growing so fast as though by a kind of magic, ready to be picked.
Rabindranath Tagore, author of today’s quote, was a truly incredible person, a great artist, poet and polymath known as ‘the Bard of Bengal’ who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, the first non-European to do so. He modernised verse in an egalitarian way by using colloquial language as well as Sanskrit. I have carried his quote from Springs of Indian Wisdom, a collection of quotes, in my heart for many years. To me it describes so gracefully the wonder of life, the feeling that our efforts are not all, that there is a meta-reality that we are a part of, that we touch but cannot see. A great power that so often helps us. It expresses beautifully how so many of us feel about nature, about spring, its wonder, its endless miracles of such complex growth. Its energy. It’s when you understand something of the science too, the layer upon layer of complexity and synchronicity that goes into every bud and flower, that the miracle of life becomes all the more apparent. It’s just incredible. And so are we too, being a part of nature, our human bodies are awesome, they give us so much, we can do and cope with so much, we are to be cherished and nurtured and loved. Never underestimate yourself or the universe. No matter how hard things may seem, or how futile your efforts at times, in the morning you may awake to find your garden full of flowers. We are so lucky.
have a week full of the joys of spring ♥
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