Coincidentally, I reach for this meditation in my “book” and find the title but not the entry. However, this first Monday after Easter presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on what renewal means . . . at least for today and at this point in my life.
I love having Merriam-Webster at my fingertips, and like a faithful friend, she offers guidance for my insight for today.
- Make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection
First off, strike perfection from that list. We know better than that. I see this as the “spring cleaning” mode. Deep clean everything, clear the clutter and make way for the energy to flow through. Whether you agree with feng shui or not, energy is all around you, affected by what’s in your environment. Pretend you’re trying to sell your house, making it just so for potential buyers. Piles of junk (with various degrees of preciousness) have to go, and glass, pathways and mirrors need to be clear. Open the windows to let some fresh air circulate winter’s stagnation. Change your air filter. Bring out your spring/summer clothes before you purchase anything. We already have an abundance. Breathe in deeply. Is your home like new? Do you feel vitality has been restored?
- Make new spiritually
I don’t think this means to go out and get a new religion. For Christians, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection. We can take this anniversary to accept our shortcomings and move forward, resolved to love more fully into our baptismal vows. Consider yourself a clean slate and go forth in Love.
- a: Restore to existence; b: Make extensive changes in
Have you become so bogged down with your commitments that you’ve forgotten who you are, what it is you want or feel called to do? Is your life just not what you want it to be, even if it seems great to others? Take a step back. Look at it for what it is. If you can’t accept it, then you have to change it. Bring your true self back into the picture. Make the changes necessary for this to happen. Sometimes even the smallest changes can make the biggest difference.
- Do again
Smile. Consider this your second chance. We get our life lessons over and over until we truly get it right. Some things, like household tasks, are just repetitive by nature and give us practice at doing things again and again without negativity.
- Begin again
Interesting. How is this different from above? Consider “doing” and “being.” I’ll take this as the being, and I’ll interpret this as a reminder to start with a beginner’s mind in all I do. This means that I’ll let go of all my assumptions, attachments and judgments and be here. When it comes time to do something, I’ll be here first, then I’ll do whatever it is with a clear, new mind.
- Replace, replenish
The example is given as “renew water in a tank.” Remember to fill your well, especially of creativity. Remember to charge your batteries by nurturing yourself; for if you are not wholly nourished, then you’re not living into your full potential. Find your fountain of youth and drink from it daily. Just make sure it is truly healthful and soulful. Consider, too, that a regular balanced diet and exercise (as difficult as they may be to realize) are good all around for your physical and mental well-being.
After thorough reflection and a little nap, I feel I can look at this and make a decent action plan for renewal. The spring sun brings so much hope, warmth and promise. Life itself is abundant. May we all partake in this life joyfully, fully renewed each day.