March 31, 2014
“From the beginning, the key to renewal has been the casting off of old skin.” Mark Nepo said that in The Book of Awakening.
This is the time of year we are reminded that casting off is good – and is part of the cycle of restoration and revitalization. Animals shed their winter coats, shells of baby birds are left behind – their work done.
We too shed winter’s leftovers with our spring cleanup of yards, garages, closets. We open windows, and let fresh air blow through our homes, invigorating the indoor winter environment that served us well, but now can be released with our gratitude and a blessing.
This casting off is something we can do anytime – not just in our physical world, but also in our behavior, our outlook, the choices we make. As human beings, we have an advantage many in the non-human animal kingdom don’t have: retrospection. This new season reminds us to reflect on our lives, resolve to replace undesirable habits and behaviors with healthier practices, and to be vigilant in keeping our bar high.
In this time of casting off, we can set an Intention to further realize and live who we really are: abundance, replenishment, creativity, newness. All the Intention of the universe unfolding for us, in us, as us. We can take a deep breath of that clean, fresh air of opportunity and renewal. Now is the perfect time.