As far as I'm concerned, this is the best time of the year in South Texas - the few brief weeks when the temperature is warm enough for shirtsleeves, yet cool enough to leave our windows open, without having to think about turning on the air conditioner. The recent rains have painted our yard a dozen different shades of green, dotted with colorful wildflowers, while the night blooming jasmine outside the office door has so many fragrant blossoms that the sweetness is almost more than my nose can bear.
A WONDROUS SIGHT
Soon enough the summer heat will blanket the area for months on end, leaving much of this verdant vegetation brown and dry once again. But for now, it provides the perfect backdrop for the purple martins dancing in the morning breeze, inviting me to look up from my desk periodically and feel the sheer grace of being alive at this particularly delicious juncture of time and space. To wander outside whenever possible, breathe in the expansive energy of growth and renewal, and listen to the song of creation, reverberating from every surface in sight.
Having received this generous invitation, I will do my best to weave it into the words and music we'll be sharing during our time of creative ritual and reflection in this week's Sunday Morning Circle honoring Earth Day. In the meantime, wherever you're living and whatever you're doing, here's hoping that you, too, will find yourself outdoors sometime soon, with eyes, ears and heart wide open to absorb the blessings of this renewing, refreshing burst of spring energy.