Despite the drop in temperature over the weekend, it is so heartwarming to see the green shoots of Spring. I’ve been driving past fields of bouncy lambs for a few days now and it lifts the spirits to see them.
It is a pity that they are only being raised to furnish the dinner tables of people who conveniently forget where meat comes from.
But I digress. Of course, in Buddhist terms, Spring is the first chapter in the year’s Wheel of Life. The reincarnation of nature, following the apparent demise of trees, flowers and shrubs over the Winter months.
As sure as day will follow night and Spring will follow Winter, our rebirth follows the death of our earthly bodies. Exactly the same way that plants use Winter to build their reserves for the Spring, we use death to recharge our souls ready for rebirth.
It is a time of lengthening days, warmer sunshine and the emergence of banks of daffodils and other Spring flowers. In fact the clocks go forward this weekend (in the UK), so we can look forward to the nice long evenings again.
The Wheel of Life continues to turn, today, tomorrow and for Eternity.