I was recently asked about the focus for this time of year on the Medicine Wheel. To start, it is the time between death of the old and birth of the new. And since all things are born out of emptiness, I see it as a time of emptying.
Or, if you prefer Zen, emptying... your cup. Because if your cup is full, there is no room for anything new.
Emptying means that when you recognize yourself to be attached to something of your old life, you let it go or empty it. Even though the old has largely died, there are often residual attachments and identifications with the past. Things that no longer serve you in what is about to unfold.
My teacher used to refer to this time as preparing the ground. Preparing the ground so you can plant the seeds of your new life in the spring. So you clear the stalks and weeds from last year's crop. You remove any rocks that have been exposed over the winter. You rake out the clumps and old roots. Until your land is clear. And empty.
So... what residual things in your life need emptying so something new can be born?
Posted on Thu, March 13, 2014
by Michael Hoffman filed under