The cusp of summer and my obsession with spring…

Have I told you I am obsessed with spring?

Here in Northern California, we are at the tail end of the incredible phase of everything-bursting-raucously-into-blossom. As summer draws nearer and the verdant green turns rapidly gold, I find myself cherishing these last few breaths of spring all the more.

Part of spring for me is the dual-edged sword experience of clearing projects! I love, love, love them. The efficiency of a clearing project is unparalleled — we cleave off conditioned patterning and open into new possibilities. Nonetheless, they are hard! The conditioned conversation in my head sometimes loathes them! As it turns out, this is part and parcel of the process: to turn towards, rather than away from, the parts of ourselves resist. Those parts (the ones that trudge towards change kicking and screaming) need the illumination of practice more than any others.

I’ve been swimming in these “clearing-project waters” alongside a group of seekers like yourself for over a month. The clearings are coming to a close this week as spring begins to turn the corner to summer. In this moment of change, I could almost weep about the profound power of positive aspiration. I’m so grateful to witness these unfoldings.

Even in the midst of conditioned resistance in the chorus of inner parts, it is remarkable to stretch oneself toward change. In a world that seems impossibly mired in conflicts, it is remarkable to exist in the preciousness of human birth, exposed to the Dharma, alongside sangha… and to cultivate transformation.

To hedge against the tendency to get fixated on the “results” of our actions, in this work, we’ve emphasized cultivating qualities within ourselves rather than just shaping outer changes.

As the Bhagavad Gita so famously teaches, “Live not for the fruits of action, nor attach yourself to inaction.”

The inner states are where we truly live, so we focus there; cultivating peace, courage, faith, compassion, or whatever qualities each person most deeply needs.
However, this last weekend, it occurred to me that there is something incredibly protective about the flow states that come from unique experiences we create for ourselves in the “outer” world.

This came to mind because I went on a mountain bike ride with one of my best friends last weekend. It was her birthday and we used to always ride together in our college days. I had not been on a serious mountain bike ride since before my kids were born. It’s probably been 15 years!

I was incredibly buoyed by that experience. The intensity of shifting my routines like that created a sense of a field of possibility all around me. There is something about moving ourselves into new environments that does an incredible job of clearing out the dross of conditioning, and opening us up to the magic of life, the possibility of life, and to who we actually already are.

How is Spring opening you up? Is there any small or large way that you can take yourself into a new environment? If not, what new vistas can you explore in the creative space? What does the dreamscape offer to you?

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