It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again
“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” —Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
“To everything -Turn, Turn, Turn. There is a season – Turn, Turn, Turn. A time to be born. A time to die. A time to plant. A time to reap … A time of love. A time of hate. A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late!” —Pete Seeger (Turn, Turn, Turn lyrics)
Nature serves as a wonderful reminder of the world’s on-going renewal. Plants die away, brown leaves crumble and fall to the ground, and the sky casts a heavy, forlorn grey over a winter landscape. But soon, spring rains turn hard dry clay to mud and tiny green shoots reappear with the warmth of the sun. If nature teaches us anything, it is the possibilities for continual rejuvenation.
The same can be true of our lives. Each morning, we rise. We greet the day. And we begin again. We are not the same person we were the day before.
We are always evolving.
With infinite expansion, our lives traverse the challenges of school, parents, relationships, child rearing, jobs, accidents, addictions, illnesses, and loss. Nothing remains static. Every day we experience a million small good-byes and a million new births. The Universe is forever nudging us toward growth: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
As we encounter innovative ideas through reading interesting articles, listening to friends, and conversing with strangers, we change. As we look into the eyes of a newborn or sit with someone who is dying, we change. Even on our deathbed, we may still be learning: How to forgive. How to make amends. How to say good-bye. How to love.
What is it that you need to release or let die? What new occurrence in your life craves nourishment? What in your inner world is yearning for birth today?
In each moment, life is swirling and dancing around us. Open your heart to celebrate. Open your heart to mourn. Then open your heart to celebrate, once again.
In joy & gratitude,
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 10:30-11:30 am
Diana Ensign kicks off Oaklandon UU’s month-long series on health with “Spiritual wellness and the tools that help us maintain peace, calm, and inner balance.” Special music by cellist Anna Efroymson.