There’s nothing like a touch of spring in the air to stir my curiosity about what lessons the spring season may offer. The 75-degree weather in the Boston area during early April sure sparked me. I decided to do some spring-cleaning around the yard and began with the flower beds, figuring that a little leaf raking would make a great start. I felt like an archeologist as I peeled back the layers of leaves. And what a treasure I found underneath. The beautiful Crocus plants had already broken through the hard, crusty ground of winter and were beginning to blossom. While spring wrestled with winter, the Crocus flower was already becoming strong — a harbinger of the new vibrant life that would soon be all around us. As I carefully cleared away the remaining leaves, I began wondering this: “If a Crocus could communicate, what could it teach us about renewal?” Here is lesson one of five I will be revealing throughout the week:
Lesson # 3: No matter what our current difficulties may be, someone else has grown from a difficulty like it – and so can we. It is a source of inner strength and comfort to know that we are never without the desire to grow and display our talents to the world. Every spring season, the Crocus demonstrates this valuable lesson. I like to think of the Crocus as a “guru” of sorts, because it reminds us annually that we are always able to experience inspiring breakthroughs in spite of outer conditions. But, for that to happen, we must realize that something beautiful, beyond solving daily problems, is waiting to burst forth, from deep inside, demonstrating its allure to the world. So, the third lesson the purple guru offers is this: let your creative essence break through the top soil that might be clouding your life—the sun is waiting to shine down on you.
It’s good to know that nature is always sending unassuming, ordinary gurus our way to offer us the perfect lesson that we need in the moment in order to grow. You would be amazed at how the daily pressures of life will fade when you learn to live more like a Crocus. The whole of existence is in a wonderful unfolding dance — learn to relax and enjoy the dance!
Be sure to check out my latest feature in the Huffington Post: