April 2016

Lana Holmes Earth Wisdom

Spring is such a gift to all of us every year!
As her warm fingers slowly creep around our chill bound joints we begin to unwind again and stretch toward the light.

Mother Life is a wise mother indeed.
She knows that after the time of death or dying… a time of being deep inside in
the darkness…
the abundance of spring is so needed, so necessary!

A few years ago I studied ‘winter’ and was amazed to discover that an amazing amount of activity occurs during the winter months. It is one of the most, if not the most active of the four seasons.
During this time of apparent darkness, when all external seems to be dead or fallow, the earth/soil is very busy!

Microorganisms are gobbling up or more accurately breaking down plant materials, which becomes a new layer of enriched soil. That same soil will provide essential nutrients to food. Seeds that have fallen or planted in a garden are kept warm in the soil until thawing when the shell begins to swell with moisture and as the ground heats up, new shoots burst out of the moist shell finding their way to the heat and life giving rays of the sun… photosynthesis!

Humans need the season of the year as much as any other living beings. For us, winter is often the signal to shift indoors. We are invited to slow down, become stiller, quieter and spend time in the inner realms for dreaming, deep reflection and listening.

This poem by Matthew Arnold capture the essence of this time of reflection and listening.

But often, in the world’s most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life:
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us—to know
Whence our lives come and where they go.

So winter is a time to reflect on what has been, where we might want to improve or percolate on desired dreams. Spring could not and would not occur without winter. Winter gives us a new appreciation of darkness and brings an entirely new meaning to spring.

It completes a cycle of wholeness and so… we begin again! Whole and complete in every way in our journey of learning and growing!