The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

"Spiritual powers and their wondrous functioning--hauling water and carrying firewood." --Layman Pang, upon his realization

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Equinox

"...when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from, nor toward the Sun, the Sun being vertically above a point on the Equator."


Spring Equinox, what an amazing thing to consider!  The night and the day are approximately of equal length, just for 24 hours.  Aequus, Latin for equal, Nox is night.  Aequus Nox.  
The Earth's momentary pause of breath, at the end of the long exhalation of Winter.  The inhalation just building, all the Earth's leanings toward regeneration, growth, change and birth.  
We see it in the bud's bare, fragile unfurling, a touch of brilliant green just beginning to be visible--such a promise!  We hear it in the Cardinal's song, and taste Spring's beginnings on our tongue when the wind blows.  Our sense of smell is awakened deep within the Reptilian Brain, the unconscious urge toward procreation and nurturing young, long after our biological ability has left us--we find procreation in other forms, nurturing in new ways.  
Spring is such a promise, such a dynamic place to practice.  The body, the mind, the spirit all respond with equal energy to meet and integrate the potential.
Aequus Nox!

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