Springtime

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“Little Bird”  |  Anthony Satori

Today a little bird told me that springtime is here.

He was dressed in his brightest new clothing.

And he had flown to the highest point in his favorite tree.

And then, with all his might, he declared in his loudest voice, “Springtime is here!”

To others, it may have sounded like the tiniest little series of chirps, almost a whisper, so easy to miss.

But I didn’t miss it.

I didn’t miss it, because I was listening.

And because I was listening, I got to hear this little hummingbird’s big soul sing out in joy at the renewal of life.

And because I was watching, I got to see the bright colors of his springtime feathers plume out with pride and delight.

And because I was paying attention, I got to be filled with the happiness, lightness and hope that came from witnessing this little bird’s heart-felt cheer at the start of spring.

Yes, little bird, I feel it, too.

Springtime is here!

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Spring Moon

“Spring Moon”  |  Anthony Satori

Some nights, when everything is quiet and the air is warm, I go outside and simply experience how the world feels around me.  I allow myself to become fully aware of the stillness, the silence, the way every object becomes transformed from its daylight appearance when it is differently lit by the moon and the stars.  I breathe deeply of the air and allow the moonlight to wash over my eyes.  The expansiveness of the heavens, the soft glow of the objects in my view, the light chill of the night air on my skin, it all feels peaceful and calming to my spirit.  I focus on the beauty and depth of the soft, bluish moonlight, knowing that it is a gentle reflection of the Sun’s rays reaching from behind the shadow of the Earth, traveling millions of miles, bouncing off the surface of the moon, and then arriving, softened but not diminished, exactly where I stand.  It is like a whisper, a quiet reminder that the Sun is still there, still shining, even though I cannot see it, in this moment.  I breathe deeply.  The mystical quality of the moonlight connects me with the still, silent, infinite space within my soul.  I feel the deep echo of millions of years of human ancestry experiencing the same awe and wonder while standing beneath the same night sky, and I become more deeply connected to my humanity.  I feel a deep inner resonance with the Creative Consciousness of the Universe, the Source of all good things, and I become more profoundly connected to my spirituality.  I allow myself to just be, in this moment.  A sense of inner calm and clarity gradually expands from within me, permeating my conscious mind, putting me in touch with my more subtle faculties, and heightening my ability to better perceive the beauty and goodness in everything around me.

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Gentle Beginnings

"Gentle Beginnings"  |  Anthony Satori

“Gentle Beginnings”  |  Anthony Satori

So here we are, approaching the Vernal Equinox, the beginning of Spring.  It is a time for renewal, for re-simplification, for immersing our senses in the vibrancy of life all around us.  It is a time to fall in love, again, with the simple pleasures of being alive: warm air, sunshine, the sky and the sea… music, friends, food and conversation.  It is a time to begin sowing fresh seeds of hope, cultivating nascent sparks of interest and desire, and cherishing the gentle beginnings of robust flowers.

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