Mourning doves coo from rooftops & robins happily chirp on bare branches, announcing the arrival of Spring. “Welcome back, everyone!”, I say with a smile, always glad to see animals return to the area.
Smaller birds are gathering straw & twigs for the nests they are building in my 14-room bird “palace”. Soon, baby birds will be heard calling out to their mothers, “Feed me!” Last month, my boyfriend took down the birdhouse, cleaned out last year’s abandoned nests, replaced rotting wood, & raised the birdhouse back on its post to make it an inviting space for expectant moms.
Bright greens, yellows, & purples replace the greys, browns, & whites of winter, brightening my mood as well as my yard. After months of drab neutrals, pops of color dance before my eyes.
I can’t help it; I’m excited!! I want to clear away the dead plants that no longer feed or shelter wildlife. I want to throw open the windows so the brisk breeze can deliver freshness & positive energy to my home. And, I want to give myself a thorough “spring cleaning”, too. For me, this means releasing thoughts, habits, & experiences that no longer serve the greatest & highest good.
What has been outgrown?
What should be nurtured?
If we tune in to nature & tune in to ourselves at the same time, we’ll find that what’s happening around us is happening in us as well. New ideas flow like sap. Dreams blossom into reality like crocuses rising from the decaying leaves. Seeds planted in our lives mirror the seeds planted in the soil. The interconnectedness of all things…