Awaiting Spring

From The Essene book of Days by Danaan Perry:

Early February is the traditional time for the celebration of Imbolc, the day of Bridgit. She is the Celtic goddess of the maidens, and she rules over the movement outward of winter into spring. On the eve of Imbolc, the old woman goddess of winter drinks from the sacred well and is transformed into the virgin Brigit.
 This transformation is occurring in each of us as we experience the shift from an inner contemplative focus toward an outer focus of conscious manifestation. the time is approaching when we will gather together the inner peace and wholeness that has quietly permeated our being during the long regeneration of winter, and it will become available for us to use in our daily lives. As we share this wholeness with others, it becomes even more available to us.

How strong in me is my need to grow
To expand
To meet the promise of the coming spring.
There is a joy in me that carries me onward
From this physical being
To the awareness of the cosmic ocean of Love
in which I dwell.
May I be blessed
To share this joy with all beings,
In whatever way I can.

I evoke the forces of peace and harmony
And ask these forces
To prepare me as a channel
For their overlighting guidance.
My heart swells with thanksgiving
For a winter of inner preparation
Which will lead me to the first step
In becoming an instrument for peace:
That of finding peace within my own being.

 

datura datura
56-60, F
26 Responses Feb 1, 2009

There is so much to learn from nature and its magic.Thank you for sharing.

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Give a hug to my grand niece for me :-)

Thank You datura for sharing the story.
Certainly gives winter a new meaning for me.
A time to rest in preparation for spreading peace and love; as the life below the surface of the earth once again emerges to welcome the warmth.

You're welcome!
I, for one, am ready for spring, Climber!

I do not climb ice. I also will welcome it. : )

Seeing a little green around these parts already.

Isn't it great! I feel like we got such a break here this winter! For once I'm not overcome with cabin fever!

Yes it is great, my cabin fever usually kicks in on January 2nd.

And the wheel has turned and once again we are at Imbolc. Unseasonably warm this year!<br />
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Blessed Imbolc to all!

I have ice fished, though for me the experience was not as pleasing. <br />
Around here, the big lake is impossible to ice fish on since there isn't any ice to stand on aside from the mountainous heaps upon the shore. The smaller inland lakes do get some ice fishing action, though.

Did you ice fish at all? It's a big thing on my great lake.

When I was a kid, this was the time of year that I became obsessed with daydreams of fishing. I'd buy every fishing magazine I could get my hands on, organize my tackle box, and stare out at the ice longingly.

It is fun to read last year's comments, Juan! 16 degrees here right now and the same winter snow warnings are predicted here, a major storm with over ten inches expected tomorrow. <br />
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I share your feelings about this time of year. A major case of cabin fever had already overtaken me. Thank heavens for seed and plant catalogs and dreams of spring.

I like this.<br />
Funny to read last year's comments. Seems that we were in the mist of a serious thaw back then. Today is quite the opposite -- 18 degrees at sunrise with rumors of a snow storm heading our way this week.<br />
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Out of all of the seasons, this second half of winter has always been the one most challenging for me to remain enthused about. Spring is a mighty long ways away, and the months of February, March and April seem to drag on forever.

Trailguide--do we not know our brother well?<br />
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May you be blessed, my Dear b.<br />
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You are getting wiser!<br />
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love<br />
d

Uh-oh!

Do not engage, do not engage.................... This is trouble. you will take hidings here.<br />
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I am all for peace lady D.<br />
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Love <br />
b

Thank you, Sir b.<br />
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But why the tsk tsk tsk?<br />
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Do you not wish to be an instrument for peace ? ;-)

Tsk, tsk, tsk.<br />
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What can I say???<br />
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Love you ladies<br />
b

Yup, another year has passed and yesterday was Imbolc, Trailguide. Thank you. I really do like the Essene Book of Days too. And being tuned in to the rhythms of nature. Thanks for visiting this story today so I could read it again and think about the promise of the coming spring!

It's that time of the year again :) I love this story...and all your stories from the Essene book of Days.

I've been using the Essene book of Days for over ten years now, SWIE, and it really does keep me connected to the seasons and my inner response to them. To the value of using the winter for inner growth and reflection and the summer for outward expansion. If we live in tune with the seasons we can learn much about ourselves.

Lovely thoughts. This year I have been more aware of the shift within myself than ever before.....It is so nice to see that echoed here....

11:25 and it's 45, but supposed to reach 55 today and 60 tomorrow. Hallelujah!!! Still only little patches of grass visible, but I'm hopeful! I'm tired of looking at dirty grey snow along the roadsides, piles so high at the ends of the driveway we can't see to pull out.

This morning, I can smell the earth.<br />
Jeans, boots and a sweatshirt hoodie, on my way to work, window rolled down, bed head hair flying all around, Led Zepplin "Good Times, Bad Times" thundering from the stereo, the rising sun creating a golden strobe in the car cabin through the pines passing by. Tires were hissing through the glistening pavement.<br />
At 8 a.m. we had clear sky, and 53 degrees.

I know my hands are growing anxious to dig in the soil, my eyes long to see grass and crocuses and lenton roses.

It is in February when the soul grows antsy. It is a time of dreaming of other times. The spirit seems to be growing bed sores from having rested too long.

Yes .. me too

I really like the daily meditations and the way they keep the reader in touch with the seasons and cycles of the earth.

I bought this book last year .. love reading it. I find it very beautiful and calming.