That doesn't mean it won't still look or feel like winter, sometimes we still feel the impact of the previous life pages, but today the scales tip toward spring as the days begin to outlast the nights. We also have a new super moon and a total solar eclipse today as we head into spring so the message is powerfully consistent: we are moving from darkness to light.
Our story is changing, the pages are turning. Today, nature whispers loudly that there is new life, birth, light, hope, awakening, emergence, and growth.
Where Do I Need More Light & Love?
For me, there is much power in metaphor. I love taking inspiration from all kinds of places and as I am provoked to look up at the sky and notice what is happening there, I can't not ask myself:
- "Do I feel pregnant with anything that I want to notice? Am I being called to birth in this season?"
- "Where do I crave more light-ness in my life?"
- "What part of my life feels like it's be in hibernation? Is it ready yet to emerge?"
- "Where do I feel like I'm in the dark? What would welcoming light look like?"
- "Am I short on hope? Am I low-energy? Am I asleep? What might I learn from the days getting longer now? How can I slowly invite in more hope, energy, and wakefulness?"
Grant Us More Love and Belonging
And it strikes me--as I believe we are living in a world that has far too much loneliness-- that what we all need more of is the feeling of belonging and acceptance. To feeling really loved and welcomed and wanted. I want that for you, for me, for all of us so very much.
Often when coming out of hibernation, the idea of socializing may exhaust us; much the way that light feels blinding after we've been accustomed to darkness. Often when deciding to courageously connect with someone we feel vulnerable; much the way a brand new sprig must feel when it's popped out of the dirt, having only known what it's like to be a seed. Often the energy of making new friends feels more painful than fun; much the way it feels to give birth, having only to trust that someday the delivery pains will feel far worth it.
My prayer for you today is that you intentionally choose what you want to wake up to, what you want to plant, what you want to birth. I pray that you don't feel victim in your life, but fell very much aware that you get to nurture that which matters most, that you get to face the sun and grow, that you get to decide what is planted in your garden.
Don't fear the weeds that will inevitably come-- we don't stop planting just because we know unwanted growth will also happen. Don't stay in the cave just because it's more familiar and comfortable-- there was a season for survival and now there is season for thriving and growing. Don't keep your eyes closed just because it feels too bright-- just turn those safely closed eyes toward the sun and let it slowly wash over you and entice you out.
And May We Seek Love Above All Else
And above all, let's recognize as we go into this new season that so much of what we chase is really just the stuff that we think will help us feel loved, which is vastly different from simply going straight for love.
We all too often think we'll feel more accepted and loved if we earn more money, have the baby, marry the man, remodel the house, fit into a smaller dress size, or sign the contract. We attach meaning in our heads that if we can accomplish these things we value then we will feel good enough, safe enough, and worthy enough to be loved.
But there are a thousand examples of people who feel like they belong without the thing you think you need.
You can create way more love in your life without the stuff, the promotions, or the accomplishments that you're tempted to think are connected to the hunger you have.
My prayer for all of us today, as the days lengthen, is to look directly at love and ask, "How can I feel more love?" and go straight for love itself rather than pursuing the paths you only hope will lead there.
As the sun shines, may you feel welcomed and very much a part of our human family. And may love follow you all the days of your life.
Welcome to Spring.
p.s. I'm opening a virtual CoachingCircle called Closing the Intimacy Gap where I am super excited about working with a group of women to develop the intimacy they are built to experience! We have such capacity for love and deeper longings for community than we currently are experiencing. I want to teach you the five most powerful actions you can take to deepen your friendships. If you want to join me on a 12-week coaching journey this April 14-June 30 then request your invitation right here.