Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Courage of the Seed

This passage from "The Book of Awakening" kind of fits my mood today...


"All the buried seeds
crack open in the dark
the instant they surrender
to a process they can not see"

 What a powerful lesson is the beginning of spring.  All around us, everything small and buried surrenders to a process that none of the buried parts can see.

And this innate surrender allows everything edible and fragrant to break ground into a life of light that we call spring.

In nature, we are quietly given countless models of how to give ourselves over to what appears dark and hopeless, but which ultimately is an awakening that is beyond all imagining.  This moving through the dark into blossom is the threshold to God.

As a seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace.

The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way.

This entry made me sit, draw a deep breathe and give grace to what is trying to awaken in me.   Spring is for renewal, shedding of old skin.   This, to me, is a metaphor to listen to what my heart is telling me.

This may very well lead to unseen beginnings underground..

We are all new seedlings at this time and can blossom into whatever we imagine. A new lease on life...

(I took these pictures with my Nikon and processed them with pic grunger app)

(On a side dad is finished with his 48 radiation treatments!  His doctor informed him that everything looked great, to come back in 10 days, if everything still looked good, he was good to go!  Talk about a new lease on life!! I am beyond thrilled and very proud of my dad for handling a stressful 3 months with such grace, humor and dignity.  I am proud of you dad!)


Sue said...

What a beautiful well written post. I loved every word of it and the pictures were great! I love this time of year also. Again, "thank you" for the words I just read and my hopes and prayers are that every little thing with your Dad works out just fine!

Take care,

amy of four corners design said...

beautiful photos...and so glad to hear about your dad!

TexWisGirl said...

really love the bouquets. wish i had more seedful courage. :)

very happy for your father. may his life be full of promise!

oldgreymare said...

Wonderful news about your Dad and blessings abound.

Tricia said...

The thoughts you expressed in this post are so wonderful and so true too. That's great news about your dad :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My darling Cindy,

First of all, thank you for visiting. I love, LOVE LOVE your blog and you know how DIFFICULT it is to follow EVERYONE. But when I come here, I always find something wonderful, and let me tell you why.

I am so happy to hear that your beloved father is on the mend. Both my parents did not survive the cancer that had advanced in ways that were unimaginable. Like that seed growing in the darkness, this metaphor took a wrong turn in their lives and destroyed their bodies, but strengthened their souls.

Secondly, this post is in line with my new blog post that I will be posting tomorrow night. I just quit my job of 9 years, a stable job. But I am going into unknown territory, and reality will give me a dose of disappointments, I KNOW. But your post gave me the hope that there is purpose for darkness, for stillness. Things need time to grow and develop, and that is what I am in for during these quiet times that I seek, apart from teaching and practicing my arts: writing and illustration and other arts.

THANK YOU for listening to your heart to post this post. Many of us I am sure are benefiting from this strong and beautiful message.


Vicki said...

Wonderful news about your Dad's treatments being over. I'm so glad he handled it well and hoping it worked.

Buttons said...

Oh Cindy I had no idea what you have been going through. I am sorry I know how this helplessness feels.
I am so happy your Dad is finished the radiation treatments my brother finished his one year ago and is doing great. Your Dad will be fine.
I love your post today the words are magical and the photos are amazing.
Take care Cindy and my prayers and big Hug are with you.
Things will get better. B

Romeo said...

So happy to hear that your Dad is doing well!!!! That's great news!!!

As with all your posts, another beautiful one! Great pictures, great words from a great person!

Hugs and purrs to you and Trixie,

"Her" and Romeo

Olive Cooper said...

Cindy, how wonderful your father has completed his treatments. Bless him. Your post is lovely and the pic of the fence is especially fetching. hugs, olive

June said...

Beautiful post full of truth Cindy!!!
I am praying for your dad and I'm happy to hear that his treatments are behind him. You both have been through a lot.
sending hugs...

Privet and Holly said...

What a timely quote.
As I head off to participate
in our Maundy Thursday
service at church, reading
one of the lessons on this
darkest of services, I will
be thinking of your post
and how that darkness
leads to the light. Your
photos are gorgeous, Cindy!

Happy, light-filled and
promising Easter. So happy
that your dad's treatments
are behind him!

xx Suzanne

michelle said...

Hi Cindy! First of all this is a beautiful post, so much truth and light. Second, that is so wonderful about your dad, I pray that all continues to go well. And third, thank you so much for finding me and your sweet comment, you have a beautiful blog.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news - I am so happy for your Dad!
I was talking with my dad yesterday over the phone, and we were talking about how we are all a small part of this grand, beautiful, ever-changing universe. Your post fits right in with what we were talking about. :)
Lovely photos - have a great day, Cindy!