Snow and the Spring Thaw

Nearing the end of perhaps the snowiest season on record, spring fever has tugged quite often. The warming sun has been welcome and plentiful. The ice and snow have been evaporating and melting. We’ve been grateful to again see the curbs. Aside from the treacherous sport of dodging potholes, the heart has been fluttering with anticipation of the change of season.

Today, we plunged back into winter, with six inches of heavy snowfall. Disappointment colors our world as we navigate the slippery sidewalks and roads. To live in the realm of the held idea of this, while grasping at the idea of that brings misery. To help our mood, we might rationalize to ourselves and others, “No big deal! The snow won’t last long this time of year.” Rationalizing can help, but is a Band-Aid approach. It is to cling to different aspects and rearrange their meaning. In the larger scale and deep in the heart, rationalizations fall short.

That we can rearrange our values points to Emptiness. Wisdom is to realize the vibrancy that is unfolding, regardless of the values and ideas; regardless of the way we put it all together.

There is not much for live greenery in wintry Minnesota. Practically all is frozen, resulting in crisp, scentless air. The spring thaw brings the dimension of smell. It allows for perfume, aroma … and stink. Thawing doesn’t discriminate or have preferences.

Reality has no agenda. Snow falls when conditions are ripe. There is no preventing this. Snow may present challenges, but rejecting what-is, while yearning for what isn’t, is the problem.

With the invitation to turn the light inward, we might see our preferences, try to reject them, change them; and failing at that, we might pile on the guilt. But with the compassion that is Wisdom, the coming and going of moods and sensations can be likened to the natural changes in the weather. Yearnings and preferences can thaw. The mind becomes quiet, allowing for the soft sound of snowflakes as they alight.

© 2011 Bev Forsman and Letters from Emptiness. If you share this material, please include direction to the original content. Thank you.

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