The Release of Spring

Pussy willows

At long last, May 1st has arrived. The midway point between spring equinox and summer solstice is a time when the first signs of spring truly start to appear in the Yukon and many of us will greet the crocuses, catkins, and unfolding buds with joyful hearts. For me, it is also a time of deep relief and letting go of the tension, of the breath I held for almost four months while making it through a stressful period of work that no longer is in alignment with who I am.

During these four months, my heart grew numb and my body grew ill with pain, inflammation, and other troubles and I found myself musing on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words: “No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature”. How much of our true natures do we subdue in order to meet expectations and demands of modern life? How does this affect our health? Are the chronic inflammation and pain, allergies, digestive issues, and nervous system imbalances at least partially due to our denying of our true nature? If so, isn’t it amazing to think that what we carry inside of us is so powerful, longs to be expressed with such strength, that it will manifest through physical symptoms in the body? And what if we listened?

So today, I take a deep breath and listen to my body, breathing in the spring air and all the fresh scents it carries, remembering who I am, what my dreams are, and what my being longs to bring into this world. What the laws of my nature are. And I invite you to do the same. Let the crocuses and the budding trees inspire you to stretch out and release your true nature under the spring sun. The joy of it will echo through your body and the world…

Unfurling ferns