STIRRING SPRING

Stirring Spring

March 1 2014

 

This morning from my second story bedroom window,  I rediscover love.

Suddenly the ranks of tree limbs stretching  back into the woods

Are swathed in pink and purple budding leaves

And the world has sprung to life as a swarm of traveling blackbirds

Streak across the window in a blur

And tree limbs hatch them — sudden inky feathered apparitions  launching  and then airborne  everywhere.

Yesterday the brown and wintry woods were resting, still.

Today the goddess Spring is all around me.

Her arrival can no longer be in doubt.

Mother Earth is stirring into vibrant Life,

Blessing all within her nurturing embrace.

 

 

REFLECTION

Within the matrix of so many anguished warnings about the demise of species, upheavals in our climate, irreversible damage to our air and water, the return of Spring  is strangely reassuring.  The earth is still our mother, our home.  Her beneficent round of seasons is still working, with its promise of fertility after rest.  I rejoice when I awake and look outside my window, realizing that in one night winter has departed and spring has burst forth visibly.  How amazing!  I feel deeply grateful both for my second story windows situated among the branches of many trees and for the gift of living in a place where the seasons mark their stately tempo in our lives.

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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