The first days of spring are the most enticing because we are finally able to be outside comfortably. Being outdoors is irresistible at this time of year, after a sometimes long, cold winter has passed. While I did spend time in the woods over the winter months, the days of spring are my favorite time to be out, experiencing the vitality of life that is reborn again. For many of us, we are recovering from what many term as “cabin fever” and it is an amazing feeling when we can finally get outside again and see so much life teeming around us. It is not just a visual experience of vitality, however, for in nature vitality also has a feeling.
I crossed a bridge and decided to sit and listen to the sounds of spring by the water. As I sat and listened, I heard the happy, bubbling water and the sounds of the birds, bringing a feeling of vitality to my soul. I could hear the happiness in the birds’ voices as they seemed to rejoice in the vitality of spring. Wanting to experience more of the vitality of spring, I continued on the path. I saw many more beautiful little flowers, brightening my day even more.
Walking along, I could hear the swinging sound of the Chickadee’s call. One Chickadee came near enough for me to revel in its perfection and beauty. Hearing the proud call of the Cardinal, I looked to the top of the nearest tree as I located the vibrant red bird, singing majestically. Overhead, I heard the twitters of three Swallows and stood to watch as they circled up above. My heart soared with joy as I watched them flying above me, reminding me again of the vitality of spring.
Further on my journey, I came to an open field. I laid down in the grass, wanting to experience again the feeling of spring and of the earth. I closed my eyes and absorbed the warmth of the sun and the solid feeling of the earth as she supported me. As we see the vitality of life returning in spring, it is a reminder to us of our need to reconnect with the earth.
Closing my eyes as I lay on the ground allowed me to hear the sounds of the birds singing, even a great distance from where I was located. Hearing the sounds of the birds is my favorite way to experience the newness of life in spring. The birds are happy for the warmer weather and they sing more loudly for it.
My reflection of vitality during my walk through the woods brought me to one conclusion: that everything (and everyone) “springs” to life at this time of year. Many of us find ourselves reluctant to do much during the winter months, but when the first signs of spring come, we are out in it, reveling in the joy of new life returning. Many animals and plants go into dormancy in the winter months, but their joy springs forth as soon as the temperatures begin to warm up. Being reminded of the vitality of life in spring is an essential part of being human and of being part of this world and I know I will always look forward to experiencing the new life of spring each year.