The Love Doves – Easter 2014

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

The Love Doves – Easter 2014

 

The Doves arrived early this Spring.  The first few days of March I began hearing their sweet coo’s in the very early morning hours.  Such a sweet reminder each year that new life is bursting forth everywhere.

 

Five years ago they built their first nest here, and every Spring they return to my Mother’s home.  It’s a precious reminder of Love and new Life.  I am comforted by the knowing that these two Doves have mated for life and find their way back here every Spring, to nest once again and give birth to new Life.

 

Somehow they know me by now and trust me just a little bit more. They allow me to come close enough to see them and watch them drink water. Every morning I hear the mother cooing ~ longing for food and the comfort and security of her mate.  He eventually comes and delivers her a meal and hangs around long enough to know she is OK.  Every afternoon, late in the day, he returns again to check in on his mate and delivers her evening meal.  As I watched him drink fresh water from the flower planter lid that I had just filled, he flew up into the tree and just stood there on a nearby branch, looking at me as he cooed.  It was so sweet!

 

These are the simple and beautiful things that bring me Joy each year.  They remind me of the cycles and rhythms of life, even when I don’t always feel I am in perfect balance and harmony with my own life.  These last few years have felt so incredibly challenging.  The old ways of living no longer apply to my life.  I have left them behind, along with the weight they carried.  It was just too heavy to hold onto any longer.  So I just let go.

 

Living inside the vortex of emptiness and the unknowing is often equally challenging. Sometimes I feel like my roadmap is an empty canvas and I am holding the compass in my hand without a specific direction or destination in mind. It appears I am to blaze new trails that have not been traveled before.  At least by me. I am trusting my Heart and the Divine to lead me to where I am destined to go. I don’t know where that is right now.  But I do know that my Heart will lead me in the right direction.  

 

I have let go of the busyness of life and my focus and attention is inward, inside my Heart and Soul.  Whatever arises I give my attention to, and I let go of all the rest.  Somewhere inside this silence is a deep Peace and inner Beauty that invites Harmony and Blessings everyday.  I Trust it.  And I know that it is true.  True to my own self. True to the guidance of the Divine.   

 

I have died to my former self and in this transformation I am free, liberated, powerful and victorious.  And like the Love Doves, I am restored and uplifted every Spring with new Life.  No matter what the circumstances, I am uplifted, restored, and renewed. My Heart is open as I rest in Oneness.  It is this Love, this Divine Love that is the greatest harmonizing force in the Universe, and it is always nudging me forward, each and every day.

 

Thank God for the Love Doves! Thank God for Spring returning each year!  Thank God for the simple and Beautiful Blessings of Life.  Thank God for LOVE !

 

Love Doves

Love Doves

Easter 2013

Easter Morning . . . The Dove’s

 

March 31, 2013

 

The Dove’s came calling a month ago.  They have built their nest here every Spring for the last five years.  I rarely see them, but I hear their sweet sounds cooing every morning, around 5:00 a.m.  That soft, gentle sound awakens me to the day ahead.  They remind me that Spring has arrived. . . that magical time of year when flowers burst forth and seeds planted long ago blossom with fragrance and vibrant color.  It’s like no other time of year. . . a time of rebirth and renewal.  New possibilities! . . . New dreams! . . . New hopes! . . .New ideas!    It’s the time of year I am always most grateful for.

 

I am reminded of sweet memories from my childhood and the love shared with family and close friends.  The Easter egg hunts, the pretty bouquets of flowers everywhere, the even prettier Easter bonnets and dresses on fair maidens, including myself.  Soft pastel colors, real eggs and chocolate bunnies, colored baskets, and straw.  All hidden in luscious gardens for a child’s delight and discovery!  Beautiful white lilies are in bloom everywhere.  Such precious memories of the beauty of Spring!  Those colored eggs and silk ribbons, the May poles and Easter baskets filled with eggs, classical music and unstoppable laughter, outdoor picnics, lunch with beautiful china and crystal, and prayers of gratitude on Easter Sunday morning at church.  Easter is a time of celebrating life!

 

Every spring when the Doves return to nest, I am reminded of these special pleasures in my life.  Those sweet moments that always bring a smile to my face and awaken my heart to Love, once again.  After all, it was Springtime when I first fell in love!  It feels like my heart opens just a little bit more each spring, awakening me to a new kind of love within myself.  Something way bigger than me that I am ever so grateful for.

 

Every evening the Dove’s cooing sounds return.  Nature’s clock is singing a melody at day’s end, a reminder that it is also time for me to rest and renew. It’s so quiet and so beautiful.  I thank God for these Dove’s. They are a symbol  of harmony and grace, and the promise of spiritual renewal.  As I listen to their coo’s, I think about the many hats  I have worn throughout my life. . . from all the Easter bonnets and walkabouts on Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, to the many summer beaches in Florida and the Caribbean. The white sands and a new hat, and often a new dress and shoes at Easter were a simple luxury.  One that always made me feel beautiful and special.  Those precious gifts of adornment and Love that a child remembers from Easter mornings long ago can last a whole lifetime!

 

This morning, as I listen to the Dove’s cooing, I suddenly hear an old Easter song  from my childhood.

 

In your Easter Bonnet

With all the Frills upon it,

You’ll be the Grandest Lady in the Easter Parade.

 

I think of my mother when I remember that song.  She was always the grandest lady in the Easter parade, even if she did not know it.  Bursting with excitement and endless possibilities, she knew how to create the joys of Easter morning for her children.  It is and always will be a festive time of celebration for new life and renewal!  Family traditions and memories that last a lifetime!

 

May your Easter be joyful and all your eggs and bunnies be filled with Love, like mine.

Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny!

Easter Bunny!

Beautiful Easter Eggs!

Beautiful Easter Eggs!