There is the Jesus Crucifixion, the Jesus Resurrection and all of the religious celebrations, rituals, and folk traditions that have grown out of that. But what does it actually mean for you and me?
For me Easter is many things. It is coloured Easter Eggs, chocolate bunnies, the cross, Jesus and his wounds, suffering, warm stuffy churches, a shared meal with family and friends, days free from work and school, and springtime and daffodils. Here in Norway it is Oranges, baby chickens, chocolate or Kvikk Lunsj as we call it here and Easter Holidays in the mountains x-country skiing.
Then there was the big mysterious disappearance of Jesus after he died on the cross, arose from death, rolled back the stone and ping! he was gone. Nobody ever was able to give me a good clear story about that disappearance. Does this mean he was a fake? I don't think so, but where did he end up? He came back to life, reportedly spoke to a few folks, then what? And along came the Shroud of Turin. Did he end up being a Catholic? Not! More mystery or a marketing concept for Christianity?
I love this poem as it speaks to me.
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower by Dylan Thomas
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.
The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax. -----!
Easter symbolizes renewal to me, a time to make changes. To become yourself again. Perhaps to find yourself and remember what you are: a soul in a human form having the experience we call life. From the force called life force. We learn from this experience and that is called knowledge.
Do you and I use this Knowledge? Sometimes yes and often no. Much of the time goes by in making wishes about the past and dreaming of the future, creating dramas which are good entertainment and not often the truth. It is a relatively simple consept to reinvent yourself, but it requires commitment and focus.
The Good News is it is doable. Things can change and you have a choice aways how you view things and what you will do. To celibrate this time and opportunity for renewal and change, Stepping Stone Life Coaching wants to make a special offer to you so that you get the jumpstart you want and the support you are looking for with life coaching. Thursday we will outline this offer to you.
In the meantime think about this, " Is it not very, very cool that the same force, energy, that drives and creates all things and that we are all linked together by, that through that flow we influence the creation of the reality we are and can become. " Wow! Wow! Wow! I say with just a little bit of awe and enthusiasm in my voice.
And where is the starting point for renewal? Mindfulness. Living mindfully and on purpose. Damn it, there comes that "on purpose" saying again. I think I am beginning to understand it. All that another day.®
Be bold, be grateful and live mindfully. Love and light, Bob and Marianne.
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