Saturday, March 19, 2011

This Renewal

"We have not come into this exquisite world to hold ourselves hostage from love. Run, my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings. We have not come here to take prisoners or to confine our wondrous spirits, but to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and Light!" ~ Hafiz

The arrival of spring and the first burst of warmer weather are often accompanied by a surge of joy. At the same time, we have the perfect opportunity to reevaluate our lives and to clear away all that is no longer working for us. Sometimes this includes leaving a relationship with a lover, a close friend or a family member that no longer serves our most authentic self. While this level of clearing is never easy, the fact remains that it is impossible to grow emotionally and spiritually until we release that which no longer strengthens us.

Regardless of what we are told, not all relationships are meant to be a lifelong commitment. Often people come into our lives to teach us important lessons, and once that lesson is learned and we have ripened from the experience of knowing them, it is wise to express our gratitude and move on. Yet so often, our ambivalence becomes our greatest obstacle as it causes us to swing back and forth between grasping and releasing. And while our intent might be to not hurt anyone, we hurt everyone by our unwillingness to see the depth of our self-deception.

With the wisdom of this perspective, we come to realize that love is an emptiness, an openness and a willingness to allow. It is also helpful to remember that moving on is not a final ending as the gifts of our friendship remain. So as each new blade of grass sprouts and greens the earth, may we go within and explore those aspects of our lives that no longer feed our spirit.  May we open to the longer rays of sunlight, streaming across our hearts and feel the fresh breezes, flowing through the open windows of our minds. And may each of us have the courage to allow this renewal to go deep and do its work until we truly become divine freedom and light.

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