While I do value each day as it unfolds and enjoy the special beauty each confluence of weather and season provides, by February it’s difficult not to yearn for spring.
I purposely pause to applaud each glimpse, as when this morning the sun made a brief appearance, pushing wisps of fog away, transforming the bay back and forth from gray to blue to steel to an azure reflection.
One way I hurry spring along is to grow flowering bulbs: purple tulips, miniature daffodils and my favorite—hyacinths.
As if the bright, cheerful colors weren’t enough to dazzle us in late winter, hyacinths also emit the most intense, delightful fragrance I know. I love to bring a luxurious number of potted hyacinths indoors at this time of year to thoroughly and constantly enjoy their essence. I even like the distinctive rubbery sound they make when I play with their leaves. Now I’m not much of a drinker, but I can get drunk just smelling hyacinths. At bedtime I even move a group of them to my nightstand, so their scent can also infuse my dreamscape.
If you prefer to listen to the meditation and contemplations, simply click on the arrow inside the audio player below. The full text follows.
Try surrounding yourself with hyacinth blooms—real or imagined—and meditating inside their circle. Their extreme sweetness can carry you places you’ve never been before or back in time to recapture gentle spring memories…or to exotic lands where they grow wild…or to a hidden corner of a sunny country garden, where they pop up each year as rewards for surviving winter.
Experience all the colors and moods of hyacinth, even the many colors within one bloom. Marvel at the wonder of such bold flowers, that rise out of the cold ground to wake bees from their slumber and to delight us all with their luscious triumph over temperature.
Take in the miracle of blue skies emerging from damp soil…absorb the blueness into your cells…feel the coming spring…sense the growing light…feel your spirits lift and brighten.
Bury your nose inside a hyacinth bloom and breathe repeatedly and deeply until you feel a sugar rush…until you feel a high…intoxication.
Study each tiny star-shaped bell until you can enter into it…until you feel its curving petals welcome you…until you feel united with hyacinth…until you feel you are the plant and the plant is you…bliss.
inhale into your heart
the sweet perfume of hyacinth.
inhale into your soul
the sweetness of life.
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• What is stirring in you now, wanting to rise up, seeking light?
• What is lifting your spirits lately? What other ways can you find to do that?
• What fragrances do you find intoxicating? Can you use that feeling to take an inner journey?
• Where do you find sweetness in your life? How can you add more?
Bring the beautiful pastel colors of spring into your home…
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How about you…what do you do to lift your spirits in late winter? What do you like to meditate on? Please share below.