"To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparks with light."

There are some spring days that seem...radiant. The glow that is more than light, it's a feel to the air, a scent. A peace that seems unrelated to anything going on in your life. Like Mother Earth is saying, "I love you. All is well. Don't worry ".

When this radiance over comes me on occasion, out of a golden blue sky, the world goes away for a time and I'm enveloped in this peace, a stillness that is pregnant with potential. And a springing up of joy to meet it.

I love these moments!

They give me strength to be the kind of person I want to be. Be like Mother Earth, "I love you. All is well. Don't worry".

And somehow I know this is true, but at the same time I see there are troubles in the world, people who are hungry, afraid, suffering from all kinds of things, sometimes through no fault of their own, or because of their own poor choices. No matter, when we hurt and suffer, whether from our own actions or those of another, it doesn't make the pain less.

The thing is... We all want the same things out of life. We want to be happy and we don't want to suffer. We all need the same thing. Enough food for the day, shelter, safety. Loving people around us.

I don't remember who said it, "You must be the change you wish to see happen in the world."

When we see the Light, and understand that we are all one, there can be no enemy.

My husband, Duncan, says I'm like an eight year old girl, with a woman wrapped around her. He is not implying that I am naive, although I've been accused of that, but he is saying, I have the spirit of a child, curiosity, faith, trust, belief in people. He says I'm an incorrigible optimist.

I can't help it.

Spring gets in my bones and I want to dance.

So what do we do with all these difficult feelings and experiences that seem counter to the message of spring, the song in the heart of Mother Earth? How do we live with the reality that seems to be in our face everyday?

Well, that is the personal struggle we each face. No one else can give you your answer. And yet we can support each other on our search.

Love is a verb. That mean it has hands and feet, ears to listen with and a mouth to bless.

If you think this is getting all to sappy sweet, just think of the work ahead of us in a changing world. Me and mine has not worked all that well, maybe it is time to think of We and Us instead. And if you think that is sappy sweet, it's just plain hard work we're looking at, but could have huge dividends.

I had a dream not long ago, where I was walking in a beautiful woods. I heard a woman crying. It was a heart broken weeping. I went looking for her. When I found her, I knew she was Mother Earth. I ask, "Why are you weeping?" She said, "I am drowning in human flesh and misery".

I don't know exactly what that might mean, except the feeling I have that Love weeps for the suffering happening around the world.

Does the earth feel? Is there an awareness there. Who can say for certain? But it is a true fact that there is pain and fear out there. We all feel it. It's part of the human condition. The question is can we change it? Even a little more Light would be good.

We need spring, and the message, "You are loved! Somehow all will be well! Don't worry!".

Now, get out there and do something good for someone.


  1. Linda, I always go to your poetry blog, but today, I'm glad I remembered this blog. I found your post very inspiring, beautiful and poignant--I'm also amazed at how much it mimics my own feelings and experiences. (I've been accused of being an 8 yr old with a woman's body wrapped around me too...). Love your Mother Earth images.

    Oh yeah.....I'm almost positive "You must be the change you wish to see happen in the world." is from Ghandi. I remember associating the quote with him...

  2. Thanks, I think your right, now that you connect the two.
    I have often had dreams or feeling of earth as a living being. Which of course earth is, whether or not there is a consciousness that goes along with, I don't know, but I feel the pain earth bears sometimes. Maybe it is just being aware of the suffering of humanity, on earth.
    I don't know. But bringing the beauty of nature to us through you blog is what I think of as a remedy to some of that suffering. If we could just connect to nature more fully on a daily basis, the beauty and joy of it, we would be better for it.