Spring breathes new fresh life into my body and the world around me. It is so welcome after this long dark winter.
I have felt the dreariness of grey and rain in my marrow, I have missed the usual frost and bright skies that just didn’t appear this year, I feel a little cheated that I have hardly crunched my way outside to marvel at frost covered leaves and icy breath.
I have been curling up in the dark like a cat and lighting fires in the hearth. I took this winter as with all winters as a chance to be able to really reflect on my life and my body and to try and find the space in which to let go of my old patterns and have the courage to go into Spring a slightly different woman.
Winter is a blessing if I let myself go with what the season is showing me. All beings find their cosy nooks, the energy in the plants and trees goes deep into their earthy roots and all outward energy is withdrawn for a while. I would not do without it, this dark dark winter. It feeds me, nourishes me and helps me; if I take the medicine it shows me and give myself rest. By the end I’m ready and excited with child like energy at the spring blossoms, new nettles, fresh tiny leaves, vibrant dandelions and all the other abundant wildness pushing through the earth, or the end of a twig; delicate yet strong.
When Spring arrives it excites me so very much. The breath of life in the air, the whisper of birth all around me. Sitting here now with the sun shining on my face, I watch the four pink chested Bullfinches perching on a small tree surveying the land. A tingle runs through my blood as warm air covers my toes. It’s that tingly feeling like I had when my beautiful bearded man bear kissed me for the first time under the full moon in a forest next to the river. The feeling in my belly that makes me want to squeal with delight, the feeling that tells me that like a tree my sap is beginning to rise. I want to do a little dance, sing a little song and hug whatever is nearest me.
There is a feeling in the air that all these beings around have made it! We have all made it through the dark winter. I saw a wonderful quote the other day that said “On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that’s pretty good.” Not only does it make me think of the very hard times I have sometimes faced it helps remind me that everything has its cycle. Everything comes and goes and although it may feel a winter may never end or a problem will never shift, it does. Something changes and things move, especially if I hold myself open to the changes and keep myself ready to let go of the old and embrace the new with ease.
Spring to me is a time to enliven the body and shed off that fur coat that has now become heavy, matted and worn. My skin like new butterfly wings feels delicate and a little vulnerable and my body needs reminding of how to get things moving.
This is a time for wonderful infusions and wild teas that will nourish body and heart and mind. Vibrant green juices, spring salads and simple pestos. Like all year round it is a time to nourish and care for your one wild and precious soul.