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The Best Season of Your Life is Just Beginning

By KM Huber

The best season of your life is right now for in every moment, there is a beginning. Beginnings are never out of season no matter what the weather is in your heart or outside your door. Every once in a while, spring is the season inside and out.

If we learn to welcome each moment as a beginning, we learn to open ourselves to any season in all weathers, as we stand at each threshold anew, the possibilities infinite.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,

a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.

Wu-men

In each moment of every season, we thrill to the unfolding of what we do not yet know. All together, these are the years of our lives, each with its own spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Sometimes the spring of a year, both within and without, is sporadic in its blossoming but nonetheless, in spring all comes alive again, anticipating the produce of summer, the harvest of fall, and the sleep of winter.

Of course, each season has its days of clouds but on the clear days of spring, eternity seems within our reach for the bursting forth of life is the promise of forever.

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature

is constituted to be that profound secret

and mystery to every other.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

In any beginning of any season is the promise of life’s renewal for every sentient being. There is birdsong, the greening of grass blades; there is the flight of the insect, dazzled in its moment of life.

It is in a moment’s beginning that all seasons start. Beginnings are for poets and painters capturing forever a moment in a blossom’s life, the uncovering of what was once winter stilled. A season is only one beginning in the life cycle.Iris in spring 0314

In the moment that is spring, the outside world awakens, stretching for the infinite possibilities inherent in every beginning. In such a spring moment, we wrap our arms around life.

All winter long, underground roots have embraced one another, sharing nutrients through the stillness in anticipation of the moment of movement that is a thaw, that is a breaking of the surface. Life begins again, unpredictable but renewed.

Where I live, it is the season of beginning all around me as well as inside me. I am reminded that I am in constant relationship with life no matter where I am, inside or out. It is a season in my life, rich in bursting forth, magnificent in blossom, resplendent in fall foliage, and sated in winter.

In every beginning of every moment I stretch my arms to the sky in appreciation that there is a sky, whether or not there is weather in it. I am in a moment’s beginning and all that it may bring.

It may be the moment that I look into the face of an iris and discover a shade of purple not ever known to me for the light in this moment is new, unlike it has ever been. Together, the iris and I, wild in our ways and settled in others, share in the sentience of being.

Always, we are in relationship with life whether it is an insect, a blade of grass, or a plant in a pot on a bedroom windowsill. We engage constantly in the cycle that is life and from time to time, we burst forth as an iris bloom or as a human, both grateful for another spring inside and out.

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KM Huber is a writer who learned Zen from a beagle. She believes the moment is all we ever have, and it is enough. In her early life as a hippie, she practiced poetry, and although her middle years were a bit of a muddle, she remains an overtly optimistic sexagenerian, writing prose. She blogs at kmhubersblog.com, may be followed on Twitter @KM_Huber or contacted by email at writetotheranch[at]gmail[dot]com.

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