Today, there is a wind blowing through each leaf in the garden. It’s unforgiving as it loosens the last winter-surviving old-timers, because now it is time to move into the new. It’s blowing a rustling symphony through the neighbourhood as trees and hedges, lawns and flowers bend to the new melody as it pushes through. The gusts are energising as my body tries to categorise it as warm or cold, my mind as fresh or threatening.
This isn’t me being British and talking about the weather for weather’s sake. It’s the English student/’hippy’ in me, hearing the message in nature that is already inside of me. Days like this, of a gentle force to be reckoned with, come to remind us of things. And this what I am hearing:
Don’t forget to play.
The earth is waiting for you to embrace it with a lightness of spirit, unencumbered by a day of responsibility and routine. Sometimes you just have to stop and feel, play and move with the day rather than trying to harness each second. The wind blowing your hair into your eyes isn’t to annoy, it’s to remind you of the other senses, that there are other ways to see things. It’s reminding you to gaze around and see how many things fly when they surrender to the forces in play instead of always living in resistance.
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
– Khalil Gibran
Trust that the core of you stands strong, like every tree and growing thing. That the bits you lose if you get buffetted around were things that had reached the end of their season and now no longer serve you. And if you are patient, that gap will be filled with something new and vital, because that is what growth is.
“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
– Bruce Lee
And if the wind ungrounds you, spins you and bows you, then it’s only gently reminding you to heed your own roots, to nurture yourself into a stronger foundation. It’s a gentle reminder that you can’t unfurl your limbs nor blossom true if you haven’t bedded yourself in first.
“No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.” – Michel de Montaigne
We are creatures of habit, and as we have routines of action, we have routines of thought. Be mindful of the patterns and let fresh ideas and perspectives come in, like a breath of fresh air. Just like it’s amazing to take your body into new climes to refresh it, take your mind into new communication, cultures and concepts. Blow self-limiting thoughts out and mindfully breathe others in. It’s amazing where it can get you. It won’t be an easy journey, but always worth it. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
– William Arthur Ward
Love the invisible.
In truth, the most powerful things in our existence are usually invisible. Just the ripple effects of the forces can be seen. And the ripple effects will tell you how much you are tending to the right things.
“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.”