On a recent evening stroll, I came across a lilac tree in full boom. The fragrance of lilacs, this springtime, has been heady. The moist spring weather has encouraged phenomenal blossoms and their scent permeates the evening air. The deep, rich purple color of this particular tree bade me stop a moment to take in its full beauty.
I had just come through, yet another, time of decisions and challenges and had gone for a walk to relieve the stresses that had piled up. Power walking to physically release my muscle stress was being effective, but stopping to appreciate those magnificent lilacs, was just the thing to dissolve the mental dam of clutter and allow me to relax into the appreciation of nature.
Springtime brings with it spring cleaning, planting and the anticipation of summer vacations. People are trimming shrubs, sprucing up flower beds and cutting grass, glad to be outdoors again, after the isolation that winter tends to bring. It is too easy to get caught up in the chores of the season, to forget to take time to stop and breathe in the soft air. To stop and to reflect.
Meditation is accepted as a valuable tool to connect you with your soul and to your guides and as a benefit to your wellbeing. But many find it difficult to set aside the time needed to meditate. By taking the time to pause and reflect, even for a few moments during your day, you can center yourself and take back your appreciation for the simple things this earthly life has to offer.
What else did these blossoms wish to say? It was their strong, deep purple color that drew me in. This color is used in meditation, contemplation and mysticism and is the color of transformation and renewal, helping to cleans both our body and our spirit. Purple and violet are associated with the Crown Chakra, our connection to spirituality and higher consciousness; helping us to feel at one with the Universe and with our fellow beings.
The simple act of stopping to appreciate a gift of nature has reminded me of my connection to all things spiritual, and of remembering to ask Spirit and my guides to lighten my load. I am once again reminded that I am not alone, and for me to allow the energy of Spirit to help me through whatever it is that I am in the midst of.
I am grateful to my sister-in-law for listening to her “inner voice,” to let me know that there was an article to be written regarding this simple photograph that I had sent for her enjoyment. I took the time to listen, to reflect and to learn. May you find the same too.