With it dawns, a sense of reawakening and a time for growth and expansion of new ideas….Vasant (or Basant) a period between mid-February to mid-April…a time for rekindling excitement…a time to bask in the sun and brighten our days. A time to watch yellow sunny Calendulas, delicate California Poppies and the versatile Nasturtiums sway in the gentle breeze. When the trees prepare to bud and the days start getting longer and warmer – point to only one thing…the Spring season is knocking at the door; giving us a lesson from nature’s wisdom of healing and growing. A perfect time to start afresh and enjoy the rare glories of colour crept in slowly after the snows of winter.
Quoting from my earlier blogs, “ nature has endless opportunities for rejuvenation, serenity and wonder…it’s upon us how we profit from them. Every day is a gift and what we encounter is unique and precious.”
It’s finally spring!!!
The repeating annual cycle of nature, every time brings with it a new experience to enjoy the natural bounties specific to that period. It also conjures up some of the most pleasant memories of youth. Along with it comes variety and new insights…which stimulates our mind, body and soul. Every season is special and unique, summer’s bright sun for life, drops of rain to quench the parched land, the transition during the fall preparing us for the chill followed by the quietness of winters and then springing back to life, all holding its significance similar to the various seasons of our life. Each season provides an interesting metaphorical twist to our thinking by linking it to whatever we are going through in life. However, overall result is the underlying opportunity which we need to understand and spring back.
Bright sweaters, steaming tea/coffee, sweets made with dry fruits & jaggery to overcome dreariness of winters become less important as I see my garden slowly bloom with vibrant colours, gradually overshadowing the greens and browns of the earth, a sense of freshness and optimism fills my heart. Pretty and tender Petunias, large blooms of bright Verbenas, the naughty kitty faced Pansies mocking at the garden’s snouty favourite, Antirrhinums, add colourful splash of vivid colours to my garden and soul.
The floating cauliflower shaped cotton puffs(Cumulus clouds) in the stark blue sky above, the cheery and sassy Cineraria, bold Gazanias and fringe petalled Sweet Williams, help to shoo away the winter blues. Sensual pleasure rendered by seductively fragrant Sweet Pea twinning around the rustic trellis and white honey scented Alyssum, has a calming effect uplifting the mood and relieving us of stress.
The swelling buds on the perennials of Gulmohar, Silk Cotton, Plum and Peach begin to flourish again…promising and giving hope. The thriving verdure of the fertile soil attract the new visitors to my garden- bees and butterflies, gravitating towards nectar rich flowers, the sight of beautiful birds and parakeets perching on the bare tree branches flaunting the brilliance of their plumage and their incessant happy chirrups signalling and reassuring that all is well.
It is a perfect time to bring out the inner gardener to the fore and nurture new plants and raise veggies good enough for the whole neighbourhood. I suspect it is a best form of relaxation, maybe meditation, filling in quiet moments in an otherwise hectic life. The hard work of yesterday…raking, pruning, cultivating and mowing start to finally give dividends. The home grown lettuce, beetroot, broccoli contribute to the nutrients in the salad bowl while the thriving kohlrabi, cauliflower and radish find their way into the pickle pots- something which I have inherited from my mother.
As the seasons unfold outside your window, like life’s inevitable ups and down, don’t put away your plans, you need to change and move with time. Change is what we look forward to and it is the law of nature…I feel, sometimes we are prepared for a change and sometimes we are taken by surprise. Considering seasons as a metaphor for the different phases of life, toiling during summer of your life, when all is going well through fall, winter…let not your feelings fade away, spring back to a new summer…enjoy the various shades and phases of life making it more colourful and beautiful.
“No matter how long be the winter, spring is sure to follow”