The first time I really thought about spring as a time of renewal was in my first year English class in University. We were studying Chaucer. The second time was during Fallas when I lived in Valencia. It seems odd to me that those were the first times I really gave it much thought considering I grew up celebrating Easter and come from a country with very distinct seasons where a gentle spring is a much needed reprieve from long, hard winters. Still sometimes it takes another perspective to really make us think. Modern Christian traditions don’t tend to focus on the earth and nature but, city girl that I am, the smells of spring, the longer days and warmer weather, the promise of more time spent out doors make me feel closer to God/the world/the Universe. Fallas is a festival where, besides drinking and dancing the night away, Valencians construct massive structures representing political and cultural figures and norms and after parading them through the streets, set them on fire. The symbolism of irreverence for politics and culture, and spring cleaning and of course just having a lot of fun wasn’t lost on me. This spring I need to be more patient, to enjoy the moment and to find ways to make the world a better place.
The sun is shining here in Ireland but there are dark clouds too and bursts of rain and isn’t that what spring and growth are about? When we grow and learn it isn’t painless, the darkness is there but like any birth or rebirth there is pain but there is joy too.
On that note here are my intentions for spring:
1.) To not throw away any food
2.) To buy what’s in season
3.) To spend time in nature
4.) To meditate more
5.) To continue to learn
6.) To spring clean
7.) To make a habit of taking breaks from social media
8.) To spend money conscientiously
9.) To listen to others, especially to voices that aren’t often heard in mainstream media
10.) To love
Lastly I leave out with your this quote fromfaithandworship.com
May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within.
What are your spring intentions? How do you want to make the world better this spring, this year?