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Spring '15

Hannah Grace

Redbuds and cherry blossoms bursting open…daffodils, pansies and buttercups covering the ground. Babies arriving everywhere – four in our meditation community and this precious first great niece in my husband’s family, now two weeks old celebrating her first Easter holiday.

Would we appreciate this glorious new life if we hadn’t experienced such a long, cold, snowy, icy winter? The transformation of death into life is constant, ever present in all of nature. But do we notice a “non-toothache”? An absence of arthritis aches if we’ve never felt the pain? Not to glorify suffering or seek it out. I’ve spent enough of my life doing that. Life will present plenty of challenge, illness, loss of loved ones, death. All these experiences are part of life, intertwined so intricately with success, health, connection and new life that we cannot separate the suffering from the joy. They “inter-are.”

We have a choice every day to nourish suffering or joy in our bodies, minds, feelings and lives. Today I choose to smell the new flowers, soak my senses in the colors and freshness of budding trees and the soft touch of baby skin. I choose to rejoice in the hope for peace, at least a reduction in the fear of nuclear disaster with Iran. I hold the suffering people of Yemen, Kenya, Syria in my heart as I breathe in the fresh air, sending them hope, peace, love. As we “inter-are” with all of nature, we are fed, watered, nourished by new life…and breathing out, send the energy of mindfulness to all who suffer, our brothers and sisters everywhere on earth.

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