The hint of spring brings a sense of renewal to our lives. We shake off the winter parkas and get ready to rake the yard, clean out the closets, and get outside and be active.
Over the past unusually cold and blustery months, we have been huddled in the warmth of our homes. The winter season, with its short days and very dark nights, can lead to isolation, depression and loneliness – all of which are noted health risks and issues of growing concern on the Canadian health monitor.
What about a spring renewal becoming a spiritual renewal – a way to renew our health and well-being?
Casting off the darkness of depression and loneliness can be like hanging up the parka in the closet. Once the old, outer layer is set aside, you can look deeper at the inner layer – your relationship with a loving divine source of good in your life. The feelings of loneliness and isolation lose their hold as consciousness is renewed with the feeling of being connected to a higher, more powerful source, and deeply loved.
Like my friend, Shelagh, who was feeling so depressed that each day was eat, sleep and work. No joy in the short days of winter. She was able to shake off these dark feelings when, in cleaning her mental closet, she rediscovered the Biblical teachings from her youth – that there is a Divine source loving her and always present. This helped her renew her joy in life.
Consider the promise given that the ‘kingdom [health and harmony] is already with in us’. (Luke 17:21) Like the sprouting bulbs that lay dormant all winter, spiritual renewal can be like discovering what is already within us; the good that is already at hand.
A mental change opens thought to the brilliant sunlight of hope – a light that lifts one out of the darkness of depression, isolation and loneliness. This spiritual renewal reclaims the essence of your being – in all seasons.
This article was originally published in various Metroland media sites