Embracing New Growth Through Cherry Blossoms
Let’s not forget that life is continuing after Japan’s tragedy. It is now officially spring and the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival there and in other parts of the world. The return of spring is a reminder of renewal. In nature, and in life, much has died and fallen away over the last several months. Now more light and new growth returns.
I started growing seedlings for my vegetable garden last month and for the first few weeks after I planted the little seeds I waited in anticipation. I had never done this before and didn’t know if anything would come forth from the deep rich soil. I bought full spectrum lights, gave a lot of healing energy to the flower boxes and held my breath. Would this work? Did I do it right? Should I have done more preparation? Finally, one day, the beans, tomatoes and basil plants, with their teeny tiny green stems and leaves started popping forth. It was such a happy day. They were birthing themselves into the world and I experienced a similar feeling to when I brought my kittens home from the shelter: pride and joy and a sense of being responsible for nurturing their lives.
Motivated and inspired by my initial efforts, I intend to buy a cherry tree to plant in my backyard Zen sanctuary in remembrance of Japan, it’s people, and also in gratitude to it for being the birthplace of Reiki which I teach and share in the world. The importance of moving forward through any kind of crisis, which is a loss on a grand scale, is to acknowledge the wide range of emotions associated with the grief process and then, if possible, come to a level of some kind of acceptance or peace within.Continued on the next page