Monday, March 21, 2016

Rebirth...With Hope



Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. Buddha

When you woke up this morning, did you hear a little voice inside say, "Congratulations. You have a new day to re-awaken to your true self, create new experiences and add joy to the already familiar ones?" Oh, you didn't hear that voice? Well that's what we're told every morning, but most of us just feel a push to get up and get moving. And we miss a spectacular chance to experience a rebirth in our life.

Everything in the universe moves in cycles, and each cycle offers some kind of rebirth. Many are subtle and go unnoticed,but each brings a change of some kind. The moon tells the oceans when to ebb and flow, the seasons tell us when to sow and reap, and darkness tells us when days end and nights begin. Over time, we see our body's external changes, but seldom aware of the many internal changes happening everyday.

"Spring is far more than just a changing of seasons; it's a rebirth of the spirit. Toni Sorenson

My favorite time for rebirth comes each spring. That's when trees turn green, flowers burst forth from buds, bears come out of their caves, butterflies emerge from their cocoons, and newness of life is everywhere. If you pay attention, you can feel your spirit longing for rebirth.

In the cold of winter I anticipate springtime when my azaleas will bloom. They run the length of my driveway, and about 12 feet high. Every year when I see their rebirth, I feel this in myself like we're part of each other in God's great universe. And I have hope in my heart for another year. But this year I found them invaded by a stubborn fungus. I had to get them sprayed, and I was concerned they may not come out this time. But those beautiful plants overcame the fungus, fought for their rebirth, and burst forth in all their glory. How could I have doubted their ability to survive another year...and how can I doubt my own. Nature is a great reminder of how much more we are than our human awareness tells us.

Yes, nature is beautiful in the spring with rebirth everywhere. But do you ever think about rebirth within yourself, or are you content to continue living in the old script you've written for your life? We may have dreams of how we'd like to change our script, but much of the time those dreams fade away, and our springs come and go as they always have without our awareness of their message.


We must let go of the life we had planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell

Rebirth doesn't require drastic measures to occur, but sometimes this is what it takes to get our attention. Suppose you made your life plans, and you've got your heels dug in. You may defiantly shout to the world, "Nothin's gonna change my mind." And that's when something blows in like a Florida hurricane, and your plans go out the window. It may be an illness, a sudden divorce, a job loss, any unexpected situation. And you fight to stay on track until you're too tired to look anywhere except inside. And there you find your forgotten self. You experience a rebirth.

Re-Birth...when the old you is leaving and the new you is awakening because you have started to remember who you really are. Kelly Martin

Within each of us is a light so bright you can write a whole new script for yourself and experience rebirth with those visions and dreams you may have allowed to go unfulfilled. Get in touch with that inner light through developing conscious awareness with daily prayer and meditation. Listen to your heart and be willing to know more of who you really are. It's springtime. Think about what rebirth within would mean to you. Then embrace your rebirth and blossom in your own way. You are truly beautiful.

I wish you a journey filled with wonderful awakenings.


Marilyn


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