February is half-way over and all too soon the month of March will herald signs that our hurry-up world is once again upon us. The doldrums of dark and clouded days are little by little breaking away with a glimpse of sunshine and the totally breathtaking sunsets that are often the miracles of winter skies. The sluggish winter snows will have left their piles of dirt and debris along the curbs and roadways. The last remnants of the un-raked leaves are soggy and on their way to being mulch for your lawn. Across the street, the neighbor's Christmas display bares witness to the last dump of winter snows. And spring cannot come soon enough for most of us!
We often forget to take the time to simply be aware of what is around us. And with spring just around the corner, we in Sacramento are blessed with signs of early blossoms and bird song. What a joyous opportunity we have to be AWARE.
The tiny leaf buds that are valiantly striving for the warmth are evidence that Life is ever-present. Have you noticed the strange birds traveling through, alighting for a time in your bare tree, seeking respite from the migration and possibly a grub or two hiding in the moist soil. Have you walked along the river and noticed the difference in the way the water smells, giving rise to new life? Or perhaps you have walked in a mountain meadow and chanced upon a gravid deer, nibbling on new shoots and checking out the area for the perfect nesting place. These special moments are pregnant with promises of spring and joy-filled days.
So, for your own health - and that of your loved ones - take the time to re-awaken your heart and soul, just as the world is re-awakening from the sleeps of winter. Give yourself a chance to notice the smallest details of what is transpiring around you.
Take the extra time today - make it a habit. To notice what is going on with the world and the people around you. Along with some of the other Unity Principles we sometimes forget the one that says "thoughts held in mind produce after their kind."
Be aware of your surroundings, but also be aware of your responses to what you see. What are you dwelling on today? Is that stubborn cough hanging around because you are paying too much attention to it instead of to the wholeness and healthy attitudes that dwell within your very cells?
Take the time to spend with Silence - to realign your thoughts to the Truth of your being, to the Truth of the world. There is power in Silence. You can renew and strengthen your thoughts, you can clarify your mind and set a focus for what you want to accomplish. Only in the Silence can you here that still, small voice that speaks to you in messages that require no words.