Monday, February 22, 2010

Glimmers



I had a friend in San Francisco who could feel earthquakes coming. She really could, even the little ones. We worked together at the Symphony in adjoining departments. She would stand up and shout EARTHQUAKE!! after which, sure enough, 45 seconds later, the jolts and waves became palpable to the rest of us.

Was her inner gyroscope so sensitively balanced that she could actually sense the earthquake before it got going or was it some kind of earthquake psychism? I'm more likely to believe she could smell them coming. However she did it, it was kind of miraculous.

Yesterday I felt the first minute streamings of upwards moving energy that mark springtime in Washington DC. The snow has receded enough to reveal small patches of badly mashed down grass here and there. I didn't see even a single blade of grass that had a hint of perkiness, but I felt the rising, very faintly, coming from beneath.

The Persephone myth is one of my favorites. It makes perfect sense that the ancients would imagine her, at the end of her six month visit with her husband Hades, coming up from the underworld, bringing spring with her. In winter here in the American midatlantic, the life force recedes to somewhere deep underground. The stillness in winter here is exquisitely perfect. As the daylight lengthens, life force energy once again emerges, slowly and tentatively at first like the Munchkins after Dorothy arrives, later full blast, like ... like Old Faithful.

What I'm thinking this morning is that since my timing is so pathetic, it's a good thing I've learned to pay attention. Observing the shift of the season is all I need in order to get in alignment with what's happening.

Something is definitely happening. Spring is just around the corner. Oh yeah!

25 comments:

glnroz said...

I am counting on you. I am ready for spring.. i hate winter..suppose to snow again here in Texas tomorrow. sheesh.. lol, but as you feel, i believe this is the last "hooraa" for winter.. stay warm and dry.

The Bug said...

I can feel it too - although we'll be a few weeks behind you. It's raining a bit today so our great snow mounds are diminishing. For which I am quite thankful!

I'm glad that I enjoy the beginnings of all seasons - it would be unbearable if I hated snow right off the bat. But I don't. I like it for about the first 48 hours that we get it. THEN I'm done LOL.

willow said...

I'm listening to the sloshy sound of melting ice and snow here. It's coming!

Elizabeth said...

Well, I damn well hope so after a really rather hideous winter!!!

bobbybegood1 said...

Hi Reya, I am new to your blog. I hope we become good blogging friends. I love your blog and your posts. I feel it to -- spring is in the air!! My fave time of the year. New beginnings. Hope. Encouragement. Cheers Reya!!

The Pollinatrix said...

Here in northern New Mexico, we're having a snow day. But the birds are still singing.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I can feel spring coming on or already here in San Francisco. However, I can't even feel earthquakes when they are happening.

Linda Sue said...

That is so amazing about your earth quake detector friend- we could use her here , where it has been full blown spring! There were some earth quakes in the sound yesterday...scary, I suppose, since we are right on some tectonic plate and are overdue for a jolt. But, at least we have SPRING! Robins, zillions of birds chirping and nesting.
You certainly did get bashed this winter!

Reya Mellicker said...

I really love winter and am unnerved by spring, exhausted by our muggy hot summers, but that said, I'm never sad to see it go. Spring is exciting in DC, it really is.

The birds were singing here this morning, too. Somewhere, one someone's blog recently, I read about how birds, at this time of year, inadvertently sometimes sing their spring songs. It just bursts out of them, even though it isn't time yet. They're doing that here ... a little bit!

Mrsupole said...

After a day of rain, the sun is shining brightly, the birds are singing and spring is in the air, but this happens every few days here in So Cali, so it is not unusual for us. Flowers bloom all year, most of the trees stay green, what can I say this is just how it is out here. We are surrounded by mountains covered in snow, so we know that it is winter, but the sun will be shining to make it look warm and cold at the same time. Really awesome.

Oh, I too know when an earthquake is coming, but I am not sure why. I think it has to do with being more in tune with the creatures around us. Everything gets eeriely silent just before it comes. God's creatures have greater senses then we do, they know, they just do.

God bless.

Cyndy said...

Today I counted 16(!) robins up in the tree and hopping around in the snow in my yard. I couldn't believe it. Spring is definitely on its way!

Nancy said...

I trust your instincts, Reya. There is sunshine in the mountains but 15 in of snow in Reno yesterday. A forecast of 10 days of weather. I wonder if we will have spring right behind it. My husband has his buddies here to ski mid-March so I hope for plenty of good packed powder. After that - bring on the buds.

Pauline said...

spring has sprung,
the grass has ris
I wonder where
the birdies is?

another dose of sleet and snow and freezing rain and then March, the teaser month, and THEN spring!

Ronda Laveen said...

I have a friend like that who can feel the shakers. In January, there were two over in the Eureka area. Each time when she asked me if I felt them here and I said no, she looked at me like I was the remedial student. I guess I am.

Spring? Oh, yeah, baby! It's happenin'.

Reya Mellicker said...

So you have the talent, Mrsupole? Wow. I am impressed.

Rain is falling on the snow mountains this afternoon. I stopped to listen, to see if I could hear the snow melting. Unfortunately I could not detect any sound other than rain, but the mountains are shrinking twice as fast today as yesterday. Feels like the whole landscape is rising as the snow mountains recede. Very cool.

Lynne said...

I'm glad you're feeling those good springtime vibrations Reya! We are in for a nasty week of not-so-springlike-weathere here.

Good to know there is hope.

And yes! The birds are singing again in the morning as of two days ago. Funny how you don't realize the absence of birdsong until it starts back up again.

Ruth said...

Look at that pretty corner.

I wish I were more attentive the way you describe. Ok, I'm going to be intentional about it, and just listen, smell, watch, feel, and hear Persephone when she comes home.

steven said...

reay - ninety kilometres north of the north shore of lake ontario there's lots of lovely snow falling tonight - the world is softened and it's going to snow for a few more days! i'm ecstatic. i don't mind at all!!! steven

Dan Gurney said...

Round here we got daffodils, tulip trees, mustard grass all quite shouting, "SPRING HAS SPRUNG, SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!"

mouse (aka kimy) said...

each minute, hour, day, brings it closer and closer!

crocus sightings yesterday and today a flock of robins that numbered over 2 score!

Mary Ellen said...

Since yours will be a ways before ours, I'll enjoy hearing about spring as it arrives for you. We are definitely experiencing winter fatigue here in northland. Sigh.

Karen said...

Nope, ours is a ways away yet... We always have snow in March, and sometimes we even have snow in April! BUT I have spotted robins already; when the sun comes up in the morning (rather than hiding behind clouds) the birds are indeed singing; and today it was warm enough to go without my scarf. :) It'll get cold again, but it was nice to have a hint of spring being around the corner today. :)

I think your earthquake-detecting friend was in touch with her animal self... they can always tell when something's funky...

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Merle Sneed said...

Yes, but did you stand up and scream, "Spring!"?

Reya Mellicker said...

Not yet, Merle!