Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Heart of Spring - Marie Teresa McDaid

The season of spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere. During early spring, the axis of the earth is increasing its tilt relative to the sun, and the hemisphere begins to warm, causing new plant growth. The days are becoming longer, and the weather is glorious – vibrant pink sunrises and sunsets, and clear blue skies. Early morning birdsong greets us to begin each new day. The cherry blossom trees have started to flower in all their glory. They don’t remain in bloom for very long so I like to be out around them to get their full essence, as it will be another year before I see them again.

While out walking this week, I came across a real beauty. It was in a quiet corner of a government building, amongst paving stones in the town center. I stood underneath her light pink blossoms in the early morning, closed my eyes and waited to feel what she wished to share. What I felt was stillness, simplicity, innocence and purity, and I felt her surrender to the elements.

In the early stages of Heartfulness, the word ‘surrender’ was hard for me to fully understand. But gradually, through the days of heart connection it started to present itself naturally. Surrender is like a seedling that was planted into the soil of our hearts from the time of creation. Now we are reconnecting with it, and many such seedlings, through the stillness of meditation. We can feel our hearts surrender to the flow of Heartfulness during these moments of connection. The mind and inner conflicts release their hold as we yield to a stream of pure, unconditional love and divine will.
The Beloved regulates the inner and outer seasons for us all, universally - the earth on which we walk, the winds of change, the warmth of the sun and the waters of life. We sit in mediation with the elements; they breeze through us, cleansing, purifying and balancing. They release impressions wrapped around our hearts, and the system settles into the flow of love that fills the empty spaces. Then, connected to earth, renewed and restored, our hearts become filled with the divine presence. We absorb it deep within our hearts, to share with others.

There are other seedlings to discover in this inner heart.  Let’s go forward together with our sisters and brothers around the world in this season of new growth and renewal on the planet, to propagate our inner condition so that we can be in constant connection with His heart and to each other. 

Like the cherry tree that stands amidst the concrete paving stones, we stand within this form of life, sometimes restrictive and painful, but we don’t have to wait until next year to blossom, because we have Heartfulness constantly flowing to assist us and to get us to our destination.

The cherry blossom, for now, will share her beauty and love.

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