In the northern hemisphere today we celebrate the earliest spring equinox since 1896. When I read that yesterday it felt like a little gift. To receive the healing benefits of spring early is much needed this year.
Spring won’t eradicate the current dreaded corona virus that has changed the lives of nearly everyone (if not yours, you are blessed to live under your rock, or maybe you’re in a cave) nor will it remove corrupt governments, cure cancer, or bring economic stability. But Spring does bring unavoidable signs of life moving forward.
Nature shows us there are cycles to everything as she begins the season of bird songs, vivid new green growth on trees and bushes, buds opening to colorful blooms that will become nourishing seeds and fruits to share with birds and animals. We can partake of her vitality, an effective mood lifter and immune booster. She shows us there is life on the other side of dark times as another cycle of life begins. She too has been altered, beaten up, changed, she has had her losses, yet she returns to her cycles, creates new life year after year, even while acknowledging the losses.
Here in the woods fresh green leaves on blackberry vines will cover hundreds of dead, brown, sword ferns, killed by an opportunistic pathogen that took advantage of unprecedented drought over the past years. Woodpeckers will hollow out nesting cavities in dead and dying trees that are full of easy to gather nutritious bugs to feed their young. There will be cleaning out of old nests and underground dens of old debris. The ground is scattered with chunks of moss, lichen covered branches, and twigs blown down by winter storms, materials for new nests.
We were told by a health care provider a few weeks ago to “self-isolate”, now it’s called “shelter-in-place” and it’s been mandated. A few critical medical appointments related to cancer follow-up will be our only ventures out in the near future, whatever “near future” means these days. It’s a evolving new world.
We are grateful to be in the woods, the noisy road is a bit quieter, nettles are perfect for eating, the longer days give more opportunity for walks in the woods. My prayer and wish for each of you is that where ever you may be you can find a way to be nourished by Nature through these difficult times of unknown.
Maybe you are fortunate and have a yard or nearby park to be outdoors, even a flower pot with emerging bulbs or bush with new leaves unfolding can bring into your life the soul healing benefits of Nature. Everywhere there are birds, with their spring songs staking out territory, wooing mates, or proclaiming “life is good, we made it through another winter, another time of darkness”.
(here in the Pacific Time zone spring arrives officially at 9:49 pm)