DP Photo Challenge – Growth, link here
Reflecting all that is around it, a drop forms, a nourishing drip of melted snow. The branch experiences stillness, a quiet presence of possibility. The tree readies herself for the coming season.
Leaves sprout, holding and protecting the new born bud.
How did they get there? Did the tree have to run out somewhere and get it? No, it has been within the tree all along. The Truth is already inside us.
We just be, as we watch our lives flower and unfold.
The bud grows, still asleep, dreaming of her awakening.
She begins her unfolding, surrounded by her beloved sisters. Energy from deep in the soil nurtures them, as does the rain from the clouds.
She blooms, her sisters still dreaming of their own rites of passage. She experiences the sun, the dew and her community. She is fully present with being alive.
A snow storm, a late freeze brings danger to our bloom and sister buds, as well as needed moisture for the tree. I imagine the tree smiling sadly, with tenderness and compassion for its delicate flower. Divine Love smiling upon Her child.
The flower has no fear. She is present with what is. None of the others will experience this unique moment as she does.
The ice begins to thaw. This mirror is in the prime of its own short existence as a drop, holding the Light just before falling to the ground.
This leaf has made it through, holding for a moment the experience of wetness and warm sun.
The sisters are opening, feeling the same warm sun and wet droplets. New life abounds.
New buds appear
Fully awake in this stage of their growth. The fragrance is subtle, sweet, intoxicating.
Experiencing waiting, being in the moment.
The bees arrive
A baby apple appears, a sister not far behind. A new chapter for this once closed up bud.
The harsh weather is not over…
Hail storms and whirling winds …..
She has experienced much so far, this little apple. Adversity has marked her, making her stronger whilst giving her character. She glows as she creates her seeds deep inside.
The Universe will provide us with many triggers, or opportunities to help us learn what we came here to experience. To help us grow.
Without loss, how would we know what true living is? Without sadness, would we know happiness? Without shadow, light? Perhaps it is within the contrasts that we learn the most here on this planet. In experiencing duality, we learn to grow beyond it, or awaken from it into Oneness and Love.
She is not embarrassed by her flaws, and fears not ridicule. She is part of the landscape, just as she is.
She is an elder now, her life complete. With my hand, I touch my friend gently. She steps onto my palm. She has given herself to me. We have been in relationship, as I have ducked beneath her on my walk along the path each day, noticing and loving her. I thank her reverently, and bite into her juicy flesh. Tart and sweet. I feel her life, her stages of growth within me as her energy fills my belly. I am completely mindful of each mouthful, how it tastes and feels. I eat three quarters, along with two seeds, which contain cyanide, an anti- cancer element in small doses. I can taste it, the flavor of almond. I take the rest to the horses. They will enjoy little morsels of apple. Maybe they will poop out the seeds and plant another tree. That is how most of the apple trees here began.
Though the apple’s life is complete, for the tree it has only been a season. Life experiencing life.
“May the seeds of pure understanding come into full bloom within your being.” Mooji