Spring has sprung with an abundance of daffodils and apple blossoms, hot, sunny days, and baby chicks and lambs. Our lawns are growing rich and green with scattered dandelions - a bee's springtime, best friend. We enjoy being out and about, hearing the buzz of folks gathering daily for morning walks, beginning their gardens, and anticipating projects to improve or repair their homes. There is a welcoming renewal winging it's way through the community, and it feels divine.
We celebrated the coming of Spring with our bi-annual retreat this past April. All members of QIVC gathered together for an entire weekend to worship, connect, inspire, and create. We held close our connection to our first intention:
"To live in worship, increasing our mindfulness, spiritual focus, and God-centeredness by intertwining our daily lives with others who share these intentions"
With a wonderfully adept facilitator, we found ourselves at ease with each other and working hard at identifying those things that call us mindfully to Spirit. We were able to allow for space to flow freely, and to easily create a feeling of warmth and acceptance. We held each other in tears, in frustration, and in feelings of aloneness, as well as in joy, excitement of new things to come, and in revelry. While we grumbled a bit about losing an entire weekend (each of us has long lists of to-dos that pull our attention away), we all left feeling bolstered and loved, looking forward to gathering again in the Autumn.
As the weather has turned summery, many of us feel pulled to mindfulness of the rhythms of the natural world - noticing the bursting tree limbs, pregnant with leaves about to unfurl, gathering together in the light of May's Full Flower Moon, and seeing and noticing all the varied and beautiful feathered friends that have made their way back to the land (some of us can thank our dear friend, Adrian, for that renewed interest). The Finches and Flickers have returned along with Purple Martins, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Wrens, and many others. Purple Martin houses have been hung high in gardens and were immediately taken as homes by the ones that they were hung for. It's a magical and whimsical sight to see a bird eagerly and mindfully prepare their space to welcome new life, much like what's happening here at QIVC.
We eagerly await the abundance of our garden beds and orchards, with life bursting forth full of vital fruits and vegetables. We are looking forward to honoring the New Moon in May (May 18) with a bonfire and other delightful, fun ways of welcoming and accepting the darkness. We continually join hands together to find ways to serve each other as we travel down uncertain roads and new paths. Springtime is the land awakening, in itself and in us.
" The Springtime of lovers has come,
That this dust bowl may become a garden;
The proclamation of Heaven has come,
That the bird of the soul may rise in flight.
The sea becomes full of pearls,
The salt marshes becomes sweet as kauthar,
The stone becomes a ruby from the mine,
The body becomes wholly soul."