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Spring Awakening

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by Crow (subscribe)
I am a Native American (Mi'kmaq) artist and writer living in Nova Scotia. Feel free to see more of my work at
Published April 14th 2013
spring's gift
The first daffodil
Spring, the time of the year that fills everyone one with inspirations. The time of the year that the birds return and the heavy snows of winter begin to melt. The ice on the lakes and rivers begin to breaks up. It is a time of the year that we feel lighter, not just because we can take off our heavy winter wear, that too, but because all the life around us begins again.

This is the time of the year we notice that the trees are dotted with new buds as they begin to awake from a long winter's slumber. For many first nations, this is a time for celebration. A lot of the eastern peoples celebrate the spring Change of Seasons with an acknowledgement of nature's spirits and a cleansing.

The heavy foods of winter play a toll on our health and this is where the maple tree comes to our aid. The water of the maple provides us with much needed sugars and nutrition at the end of winter, as syrup. The maples watery medicine also helps to clean us out. Drinking the fresh sap of the maple in its pure watery form will cleanse your body. It will remove the build-up in your bowels and remove many toxins from your system. Just as a warning, don't drink too much unless you want to establish a long lasting relationship with your toilet.

Later in spring, we are greeted by the fifth grandmother moon know by some as the Flower Moon. This is the time when the plants around us express their spirit sides for all to see. Throughout the forests and fields many plants show their wonder with flowers. You don't have to go out and start eating them or rubbing them on your skin you just have to stare at them and appreciate the beauty they offer.

Children often gather small bunches of flowers to give their moms. Lovers are known to send bouquets to each other to acknowledge their feelings. Even at funerals we take flowers to show respect and lighten the spirit at a time of sadness and loss. These practices began long before there were greeting cards. In fact bouquets of flowers were found placed in graves by our ancestors' ancestors, ice age man. Since the beginning of man we have had a strong relationship with the plants' miraculous gift, the flower.

The sense of beauty we feel when we gaze upon the plants' sex organ is not a learned thing, but a connection of spirits. In some cultures the flower is the focus of meditation. In art, throughout the ages we see many representations of this wondrous gift. The connection with flowers is an ancient rite as important to us as it is to the bees and butterflies that feed off them.

Don't be swayed by today's cynical commercial outlook on these beautiful blossoms. Treat yourself to a walk in the woods or a bouquet for your home. Clear you mind of science's descriptions of flowers. Meditate on the pure undiluted beauty that our plant relations offer us. You will be rewarded and walk away feeling renewed and refreshed.
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