The Sweetness of Spring

There is a tradition in the province of Quebec , Canada where taps and buckets are placed on trees to extract the sap that flows through the trees in spring.  It’s quite amazing to see how much sap is collected into the buckets without harming the trees in any way.  The sap is collected and boiled down to make a delicious golden syrup.  Surrounding this natural, delicious treat is an incredible tradition.  Meals are prepared at the boiling sites (called Sugar Shacks) and people gather together to enjoy the meal and the celebration of the sweet syrup.

The sweetness of the syrup combined with the fellowship and the warm sunshine bring together something beautiful, something beyond the five senses.  There is a feeling of renewal and lightness, both in the air in our hearts.  There is a sense of rejuvenation, shedding a weight that can be physical, mental or emotional.  The golden syrup takes on new meaning and conjures up the same deep joy I get during meditation.  The syrup is now metaphorical for the golden light that can be accessed during a meditative practice.

With a consistent meditation practice, a golden light is sensed within one’s being.  This light can be used to heal the body or the emotions at very deep levels.  It makes us more alive than ever as it pulsates through every cell of the body.  People who meditate regularly begin to have a lightness of being and a clarity that can be both seen and felt.  They are slower to react emotionally, and they are able to remain firmly planted in difficult times.  Like a tree with very deep, strong roots, meditation brings strength from our roots up.

Just as the sap runs through the tree to bring sweetness that can hardly be imagined, so does the golden light that runs through us.  This light becomes our strength and our grounding.  We become like a sturdy tree that is not easily blown over during tumultuous times. We access this light over and over again and it continues to replenish us.  It flows in an infinite stream, filling us with vibrancy and light. The tenacity to develop a practice to access this light also deserves celebration.  Herein lies a simple but profound way to be in the world that will continuously renew, revitalize and rejuvenate us.  Like the sap in springtime, the light is a sweet and simple pleasure that seems almost too good to be true.

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