Spring Ahead!

Spring Forward March 13 2011

 

Spring ahead, as spring is doing.

It’s about the time and seasons –

About changing opportunity.

Time is marked by man –

Humanity’s invention.

Today we change our rhythms

As we’re told;

We’re trying to keep up with ticking time

That bends our lives to measured moments,

Belying the eternal Truth.  

Reflection

“The Zone.”  “ Peak Experience.”   Transcendence.  What they share is their escape from the fetters of time and clocks.  Today, as I feel  the dissonance between my inner clock and the clock face on the wall, I realize that physically we are indeed creatures of time and schedule.  Its almost 2, and I’m not at all hungry, because my body says it’s not lunch time yet (and yesterday at this hour it was barely time for lunch.  I’ll adjust and the new time will feel normal in a couple of days – it’s a form of stationary jet lag. 

But experiencing it reminds me of all the truly important insights and experiences that have nothing to do with the regularity of ticking seconds, minutes, and hours.  In spirit, we are one, united with all creation.  But we also really are, in our physical selves, creatures of time, day and night,  space and gravity – measured,  weighted, subject to the rules of age , emotion, change – creatures of duality, knowing that there’s good and evil.  Duality is human, physical.  We keep thinking that we’re separate, hemmed in by boundaries.  We’re exactly like those field/ ground drawings – from one angle we see the crone who from another viewpoint suddenly transforms into the beauty; from one angle, we are subject to time, and from another we’re eternal.   How strange! 

 

About Rev. Rosemary Hyde, Ph.D.

I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know central Paris reasonably well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me. I am serving presently as co-minister at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC. I give talks one or two Sundays a month -- please go to the website, www.unitychapelhill.org, and sign up for the weekly e-news to learn what's going on -- special events, seasonal interfaith ceremonies, and Sunday themes and talks. My vision for the Unity Chapel Hill ministry and for myself is to become a loving, uniting presence in the lives of all those who cross paths with us. That's all there is, really -- loving presence. And so it is. Amen. My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation.
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