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 # 2: The Crocus bulb is a simple living essence that does not hide in its shell. It employs the KISS Principle to blossom upward into the world. This principle – Keep It Simple, Stupid – states that the process of growth proceeds best when things remain uncomplicated. Simplicity opens us to the elasticity of our creative energy, which empowers us to feel comfortable, even in the face of uncertainty. We best enjoy the world, in all of its richness, when we move toward our goals without adding unnecessary forced action. Life gets complicated when we insist that the world comply with our wishes according to our specific plan. Such behavior guarantees an experience of anxiety. So, the second lesson the purple guru offers is this: learn to grow without excess labor or unnecessary strife; let go and let life reveal who you are and the beautiful being you can be.
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: