Posts Tagged With: spring

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It’s a good time to journal, and so I am going to barrow from one of my favorite blogs Abide With Me. Every now and then she does a journaling post with lots of headings as prompts. I am changing them a little and borrowing a little from others.

Drink of the Day (From Thalassa)
Irish Breakfast Tea

Sowing/ Harvesting:  Sowing the seeds to making my dreams real. Harvesting some dream work and some hard work put in after wards to create my workbook.

In the Garden:  we are really hopping now. I have the baby sprouts of corn coming up and we have put in water melons, sunflowers, a ton of wildflowers, tomatoes, and basil. I have a volunteer cucumber (no idea how I got that!) a ton of butternut squash starts that need to be moved and shared. AND still 2 empty beds to plant. I’m trying the square foot garden method and I am really liking it. I have a slew of plants that I still want to put in too. Oh and I found the most beautiful rose blooming in my garden this morning! It is from my neighbor’s yard and it is stunning. I will get a picture.

Creating:.Various books and kits 🙂 more on that later.

Looking: The birds in my yard. I am engaged in this silly life and death battle going on. It is silly that I’m involved not that silly that it is going on. The house finches and mocking birds make their nest in our row of 14 cypress tress. The babies are hatched and featherless little things squeaking for food. The Crows come by for an easy meal. Last year around this time he carried one off and Little was so sad. So now I’m going out side 5 times a day to shoo the crow away and explain that after the babies are bigger and no longer food I will leave him some food. He just looks at me to see if I’m  seriously getting in the way of his meal.

Listening: The blasted TV which seems to be always on. The birds mocking birds and mourning doves and quail and blue jays and house finches. I don’t know them all.

Smiling: I sold my first workbook. I created something that someone else liked enough to buy. Its kind of a rush

Reading:  A book on square foot gardening and then anything else on my nightstand. trying to get back on track of my blogs. I’m WEEKS behind!

Outing: Does going to the office count?  Things are going better there though. I took Little to a swim class. The second one went better than the first. The first she didn’t want class to be over and jumped back into the pool and ran to a place that was too deep for her.

Thinking: I miss my blog and reading blogs. I wonder if I can sneak away and watch 2 episodes of Rachel Zoe and 20 of Dr Who?

Cooking: We made some yummy ribs the other day and a yummy frittata with goat cheese.  When I plan my week I cook better and eat better when I don’t plan I end up uninspired.  I really want soup

Feeling: hormonal. TMI? I have seriously cried a lot over the last week some happy some sad but quick to tears is ANNOYING!

Wishing:  for someone to cook me soup and bring me hot chocolate with whipped cream while I read and or watch the above shows. I need some “off” time.

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Spring blossoms

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I took this on our walk around the neighborhood this morning.

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Small gifts.

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Where

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Ostara layers

Ostara, Eostra,Esther and many, many other names.

However you spell it or say it She is the Goddess of spring, The names are may be originaly derived from Ishtar. She is often pictured with flowers in Her hair, holding eggs with bunnys happily hopping around her feet. I will get more to Her and the God at the vernal equinox later but for now I want to meditate on what she teaches us about layers

This is a lesson about human development and human spirit and the human experience. Names change as people move and take their cultures or as new cultures come and conquer the existing one.  The simple passing of time also changes names. Themes and symbolism change as well but it seems to me to be slower of a change, With much of it overlapping.  In Spring there are themes in many cultures and many religions about renewal and rebirth. For apparent reasons, eggs and bunnies are fertility symbols.  To some extent it doesn’t matter in what way you frame the renewal of life but that humanity as a group feels it stir in them as the quite and stillness of winter give way to the jubilant feelings of spring.

While we may get caught up in who’s frame is the best, I think it is important to look beyond that. I like to think about the human spirit that feels things in a deep manner, and regardless of frame has a lot in common with other humans. You have heard of me talk about this before in terms of being out of the broom closet or not. I sometimes have a hard time understanding why someone couldn’t practice even if they are not out, because so much of our practice overlaps other religions and other people will just think you are doing what they are doing. I understand that this is not the complete case but in many instances it works.

As we look at these layers, in this time of renewal, it is a good time to start paying attention to what we have in common. When we focus on what is similar as opposed to what makes us special more understanding can happen. As we look back through the layers we can see there is a common thread that is connecting us all. We can also realize that this is a moment in time and years from now, more layers will have been added.

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