1 April 2016
Laughter, song and dance create emotional and spiritual connection; they remind us of the one thing that truly matters when we are searching for comfort, celebration, inspiration or healing: We are not alone. ~Brené Brown
I’m a person who needs solitude. I try to cultivate space in each day for thoughts to arise from beneath the surface. I value that mental expanse in which my connection to the love in life and awe of existence can unfurl.
But I need the flip side of the coin just as much. The mingling of joy and laughter. The combining of experience and perspective. A union of understanding and appreciation with others.
This sharing has often felt frightening to me. The fear of being judged has kept me from authentic expression. The fear of being inadequate has kept me from letting loose the reins and being myself with whole-hearted abandon.
As nature lets loose her reins into spring, I am surrounded with reminders to come out and arise, to be curious and creative, to add my life to the vast panoply of lives each going about their important additive business and doing the thing only they do — each a string vibrating its own note into the orchestra’s music.
We humans have a wonderful ability to notice and appreciate our world. I see this as a form of reverence for our earth. When I explore this same ability with others, gently allowing myself to truly see and be seen, I’m opening to emergence and inspiration.
Our uniqueness is a great asset to the community. Just as flowers all express themselves in their own colors and shapes and preferred habitats, each of us is different, too. Spring’s fling is a clarion call to engage and commune.