Tra la! It’s May!
The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray!
I can’t help myself. Every year as May 1st approaches, I find myself humming (or outright singing) The Lusty Month of May, the Lerner and Loewe song famously sung by Julie Andrews in the Broadway musical Camelot. I was only seven years old and the meaning behind the song was lost on me. But when the film version with Vanessa Redgrave came out in 1967, I was fourteen and totally smitten with her two co-stars, Richard Harris and Franco Nero. The song with the mildly naughty lyrics took on a whole new meaning for me!
For some people, spring might bring them together for festivals, romance, fun and frolicking. But for most of us, spring is simply about renewal. The trees come to life, flowers begin to bloom and all of nature comes alive again. And so should we. We are, after all, made of the same five elements as everything else on this planet–air, ether (space), earth, water and fire. So why should we be any different from the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees?
In winter we go within to hibernate, germinate ideas, and fill our well. Now it’s time for those ideas to burst forth and put our plans into action.
For me, this has never seemed more obvious than this year. It will be one year on May 5th since Ralph passed away. I have traveled a lot, but I have also spent a lot of time in solitude, especially this past winter. I have sensed for a couple of years that my days in New York City were numbered. This city that used to energize me, now seems to deplete me. It was an integral part of my growth that nurtured my soul for many years. But I feel that it’s time for a new chapter to begin in my life.
After Ralph died, I began consciously asking the Universe, in all of her wisdom, to point me in the right direction–to give me a sign (or just to be sure, many signs). And point, she did!
About a year and a half ago, my friend Linda, from my energy medicine family, mentioned that she thought I would like living in her town of Asheville, North Carolina. A former New Yorker, Linda told me I had an open invitation to visit. Every now and then it would pop into my head, but I wasn’t actively pursuing it.
Well, if you are patient and take time to get quiet and listen, your intuition will take the reins. Mine certainly did and in a very short time the messages began to come fast and furiously. I kept hearing references to Asheville. When I described to my friend, Alissa the environment I pictured myself in–what city did she suggest? You got it–Asheville! And then there was the candy bar synchronicity. Yesterday I unwrapped a chocolate bar and saw that it was made in Asheville, NC! To top things off, my son and his girlfriend recently moved to Carey, NC, four hours from Asheville.
I have never been to Asheville, but I already feel a new chapter in my life is about to begin in the mountains of North Carolina. Call me impulsive, but this seems to me one of the sanest things I have ever planned.
Whatever it is you have been ruminating about all winter–a new job, location, relationship or creative project–I suggest that you take the time to tap into that source of inner wisdom that lies within each of us. Pay attention to synchronicities, relax and let it unfold. Meditation is by far the most effective way to tap into this knowing.
Life is all about change. When we become conscious observers without a sense of urgency, the unfolding of our life’s plan is truly miraculous to behold.
Here’s the song I can’t get out of my head. It’s dated, but I’m sure some of you out there will feel a little nostalgic!