Posts tagged ‘rebirth’

November 25, 2014

“Rebirth is a resource of life”

In Carol Drinkwater’s memoir The Olive Farm, she and her partner wait out a week of heavy rains inside their ramshackle old villa on their olive farm in the south of France. When the skies finally clear, Drinkwater walks her terraces to take stock of the damage and – to her surprise – the rejuvenation that now mark the land. One particular sight takes her breath away:

The orange trees, dead as mummies when we bought the house [a year ago] and which we have watched creeping back to life throughout the summer months, are now sharp, five feet tall, brilliant green spheres of life. And, what is more miraculous to me, they are laden with round green balls. Minuscule oranges.

Such renascence hardly seems possible. I close my eyes. I store that fact that rebirth is a resource of life. . . . Some creeping shadow warns me that I will need to keep it in mind.

Rebirth is a resource of life. How beautiful and how true. The earth is resilient. Nature is resilient. We are resilient. Even from a point of hopelessness, from an appearance of atrophy or extinction, we can bounce back to health and brilliance. All that is needed are time and proper care.

Never give up on anything, or anyone. Never judge a landscape, or a person, by its outward appearance. What lies beneath and within is a dazzling energy that may soon burst forth again.

April 29, 2013

Observed on the street: A circle of life, turning, turning

I came across this beautiful rendition of the aboriginal medicine wheel (also called the wheel of life or the sacred hoop) on the outer wall of my local/district community arts council building:

wheel_of_life

 

I love the grounding stones at centre; the depiction of the cycles of nature, the seasons, the sun; the symbolism of birth, growth, death and rebirth — of life itself.  I love how the prints of humans and animals exist together in the soil, intermingled with the roots of the trees, connected to both the seeds of life and the earth to which all living things eventually return.  I love how each component of the circle relies on every other for balance, for continuity, for solidity, for completeness.

We are all one, forever united in the loop of this enduring narrative.  We share the same history; we share the same future.  Let’s take care of one another the best we can.  Peace.

March 1, 2013

March challenge: Be like a birch tree

The Ukrainian word for the month of March means “birch tree.”

In Celtic culture, the birch tree represents growth, renewal, stability, initiation and adaptability.  According to Avia Venefica on her web site Whats-Your-Sign.com:

The birch is highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions with casual indifference.  Proof of this adaptability is seen in its easy and eager ability to repopulate areas damaged by forest fires or clearings.  Bright and beautiful, the birch is a pioneer, courageously taking root and starting anew to revive the landscape where no other would before.

Your challenge this month — should you encounter challenge or harsh conditions in your own life — is to be like the birch tree.  Find ways to adapt to your situation, without fear or favour.  Strive to outlast the storms of adversity with your own flexibility, and lay roots in any new soil (or old ashes) you find before you.  Stand tall and beautiful in your new surroundings, whether you asked for them or not, and extend your branches up to the sun.  Like the birch tree, you can thrive here.  You can thrive anywhere.  Thrive, shine and grow.