The blooming lilies beckoned from my back yard this morning. I answered with my coffee cup in hand as I perused the outstretched buds, which live in seeming peace with a sprout of weeds and dying patch of grass nearby. Usually, when I pay a too seldom visit to my little piece of LA, I focus on the weeds, the dead grass and the wilting flowers. The upkeep seems never-ending.
Of course the metaphor hit me over the head this Easter morning. And, it got me thinking about now much easier, and safer, it is to focus on the areas in life that aren’t working. The good stuff is right there in plain sight, but the clouds of negativity, judgment and doubt hover so heavily that we can’t see the opportunity, grace and beauty waiting for us to experience.
Re-birth follows death. Thinking about the process as the natural course of the way things happen can create a sense of surrender and an openness to it. Cutting off the dead part of a plant makes it flower and flourish; exfoliating dead skin makes way for the new; getting rid of clutter and junk in your home allows new, more alive energy to enter your life; and purging and clearing a negative mindset, which is the death of expansive self-growth, brings a mental freedom that makes room for clarity, gratitude, wisdom and most of all, love.
And, as the church bells toll in my neighborhood, I’m reminded once again that this is where God comes in.
Taking time to pray and meditate to God and the higher level of all-knowing consciousness is the key, the way and the light to releasing the dead, from the smallest parts of our lives to the deeper crevices of wanton lack of meaning in our souls. In that vulnerable loving and personal connection with God, lies the strength and knowledge, a deeper knowledge than you or I can fathom in our human state, to live life anew.
So, as the birth of Spring surrounds you, take a few moments today, and everyday, to have that conversation.
Ask to be shown the areas of your life that need clearing and healing. Surrender to the all-knowing love and guidance as to how it will be done. Don’t worry about the how; focus on the surrender and the releasing.
The moments of grace await you on the other side.