Time to Blossom

Time to Blossom

What’s your favourite aspect of Spring? 


Welcoming the Spring, we all emerge from the shadows. Now is a good time to reflect, if we haven’t been already, on what our shadows have been in the last few months. What’s been keeping us from living vibrantly? 

What have we been in the dark about? Our (mis)conceptions and views about ourself and others now have a bit more light shone upon them, we may see them clearer. It is a chance to reconsider things, to see everything that little bit clearer. 

Maybe a time to revitalise meditative practice? In the winter period meditation can be more difficult to keep up, lethargy can set in, we can lose momentum. Now Spring is here, I feel more invigorated, looking upon the blossoming trees in the woodlands, there is vibrancy. Life is once again plainly obvious. Meditation, the act of living life, is easy! 

Don’t let Spring pass you by and lose this grand opportunity to touch the reawakening of vibrancy and colour. So often we can be in winter then to summer, and miss the transition, miss the blossom, miss our own blossoming. I love noticing the tiny green buds emerging on the trees. How many of us in society fail to notice these moments? 

I welcome the Spring, I welcome myself and everyone else to be an active part in Spring. 

Kind wishes,

-dharmacaterpillar 

Get your hands dirty

Get your hands dirty

When was the last time you got your hands dirty? 

I mean in the literal sense; your actual real hands covered, layered maybe, in actual dirt, mud, earthly Earth. 

How many of us can actually say that by the end of the day we will have, at least, touched the Earth, the real ground beneath our feet? 

What has this got to do with your inner transformational process? Everything. 

Feel the cold Earth beneath you with the palms of your bare hands, get down on your knees and feel it. Embrace the Earth as much as you like and are able to, and open up as much as you can to receive the Earth’s embrace back. In my experience this is Zen. A great paradox. The safest of feelings, protected but not claustrophobic in any way, life giving, life affirming, but at the same time; the most powerful beating of the heart is induced, because it cannot be contained- a beautiful, living, huge (hearted) Bodhisattva’s presence is felt. 

There is nothing like becoming One with the Earth, by actually (for a few minutes at least) rooted your  body, mind and heart into that very Earth. 

And besides that, isn’t the smell of soil just exquisite? The perfume of life. 

Does the Earth need saving?

Does the Earth need saving?

I sit in the coffee shop, awaiting my fair trade decaf-soya-latte and two rather charming peeps approach me. The pair seem a lovely couple, wonderfully matched in their hippy attire and ask me a question, after a prompt “Hey”. The question was- “Are you willing to do your bit to save the planet?”. 

“Which planet?” I asked rather cheekily and chuckled. 

They didn’t appear amused, which was a little disappointing, but I managed to squeeze a smile out of them when I declared, “I jest! I jest!”. 

They asked again, “But seriously, humans are destroying Nature, the Earth needs help, you aren’t denying that much are you?”

I didn’t know how to answer that; I find that far too often people ask me the wrong question for my particular perspective, which has developed in its way through dharma practice. I need to be careful how I answer. 

Does the Earth need saving? If so, by whom

Allow Thay to impart some critical wisdom here;

We classify other animals and living beings as nature, acting as if we ourselves are not part of it. Then we pose the question ‘How should we deal with Nature?’ We should deal with nature the way we should deal with ourselves! We should not harm ourselves; we should not harm nature…Human beings and nature are inseparable. -Thich Nhat Hanh (1988)

Should we stay on this imaginary pedestal and go around pondering whether we should save the planet or not? Or shall we see passed all that and realise that the Earth is not something we have, but more something we are. We didn’t fall from the Heavens to stamp on the Earth. We grew out of the Earth and continually do so every single day.

Human activity has created some issues when it comes to pollution and climate change but these aren’t issues that affect “nature” or “Earth” anymore than they affect you, you right now. 

The Earth is a Bodhiasattva, the Mother Bodhisattva, birthing you, embracing you, and unconditionally doing so, even if we are to rip out her precious metals and choke her to death. She will Hold us, and guide us to see that we aren’t choking her, we’re choking ourselves. She will provide to us the very ground underneath us even if we are completely unaware. 

So let’s do it for her, the Earth, but let’s do it for ourselves, for her. If you want to save the planet, save it first by saying Thank You, and showing ourselves compassion, because for as long we fail to do that, Earth will always suffer for us. 

There is always more we can all do, but we mustn’t do it thinking we are superior to the Earth, we must do it with humility and true love if it is to make a real difference. 

Many Thanks, 

A lotus for you, a Buddha to be,

-dharmacaterpillar