A Ryokan poem for Spring
The snow has stopped, the clouds have drifted away, and the weather is clear again.*
If your heart is pure, then all things in your world are pure.
Abandon this fleeting world, abandon yourself,
Then the moon and flowers will guide you along the Way.
*Ryokan I hope will forgive me, I replaced "rain" with "snow".
Spring relates to the Wood element in Chinese Medicine, meaning the energy of plant life and trees. Fresh, clear, and green. It corresponds to the Liver and the eyes.
Some questions to harmonize with this seasonal time:
What is my vision (goals, plans) for the coming month and year? What steps am I taking to fulfill them?
Am I flexible enough to continue towards my goal in the face of obstacles?
Springtime energy has the ability to be fully present and rooted while reaching for the future.
The energy of the Wood element (Spring) is well expressed in an earlier post in my blog: Lessons from a Tree.
Wishing you deep peace in your heart, happiness and fulfillment on this new Spring day!
Take a moment to listen to Jon Kabat-Zinn as he recites "Love after Love", a poem by Derek Walcott. Jon Kabat-Zinn is an author and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.