While spring means the rejuvenation of greenery and flowers, it also symbolizes spiritual renewal. As the darkness of the outer winter is replaced by the light of the spring, so can we end the dark night of the soul with the Light of spirituality within us. As we focus on the outer chores of life, few take the time to explore the spiritual garden of their soul.
There is joy and bliss abounding within us, but we remain in darkness to its existence. Like the fertile ground is covered by the snows of winter, so is the rich soil of our soul covered by our lack of knowledge of its existence. Just as the vernal equinox is the day on which there are equal hours of sunlight and darkness, with sunrise at 7 a.m. and sunset at 7 p.m., so do we have the vernal equinox of our soul. This is a state of balance. It means that while we live in the world attending to our responsibilities to our families, jobs, and community, we also need to give equal attention to our soul and our spiritual growth. How can we achieve this?
Meditation is a way to bring about the spring equinox of our soul. By spending some time sitting in silence and inverting our attention within we can enjoy the blooming spiritual flowers within our soul. We can tap into an eternal state of joy and peace within us. By doing so, we not only enrich our inner life, but we bring that happiness and calm with us as we attend to our daily duties. We are more effective in our outer work, while being more loving and caring to the people we meet. This brings a joyful atmosphere to all who meet us.
Through meditation on the inner Light and Sound we can tap into the peace and bliss of the eternal springtime within us. We then carry the fragrance of those blooming flowers with us in our outer life, bringing joy and peace to the world.
Perfecting meditation takes practice. Spiritual experiences can illuminate us in a twinkling of an eye, but we need to create the right conditions for those moments to crystalize. What preparations can we make for those moments to brighten our lives?
As people shop in stores or online for holiday gifts, there is a gift that can be given free but has a lasting effect. One of the most valuable gifts we can give that does not cost anything to buy is loving kindness. Loving kindness is one of the most powerful forces in the world.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude. It is time to show thanks for all the blessings and gifts we received. How best can we show gratitude for what God showers on our lives?