• Nomi Bachar

Spring: Transformations in Nature and Ourselves

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Painting on cherry blossom branch

Each year between seasons (and I have been around for many of them) I await with childlike excitement for spring when the magic of nature transforms from the cold winter to the first hints of green. This winter, more than ever, I can't wait to see the emerging buds celebrating their passion for life, waiting to burst with brilliant colors. This winter put an extra burden on our souls. Aside from the barren trees, the storms, and the cold, we were struggling with the questions of sickness, death, and flickering hope that the cloud of the pandemic can be lifted off. The transformation in nature is to me, the deepest hope-giver that life provides. It affirms with certainty, ongoing renewal, renewal of nature, our bodies, as well as our spirits and souls.

Did you ever wonder how this magic happens, this total transformation from dull and gray to glorious and beautiful? Each one of us has a golden opportunity to let go of the grayness, the comfortable defensiveness, and the limiting habits that keep us small and dull. It’s time for you to take the step towards your renewal.

The magical transition from winter to spring demonstrates the power of transformation that resides in nature. It takes us from night to day, from hatred to love, and from sickness to health. The same power resides in the soul of each one of us. The soul yearns to shed its suffocating cloaks and claim its brilliance, a state of freedom, joy, and creativity. Our defensiveness, fears, pain, and distrust keep us imprisoned. Consciously or unconsciously, we know it. We feel like we’re not fully alive or something is missing. We feel an inner emptiness and a sense of loss and in a way that is true.

The fact is that we, ourselves, are the roadblocks to our transformation, a natural process that moves life in constant cycles of evolution. It takes making a choice, commitment, and discipline to get ourselves unstuck, to undo our self-imposed stagnation. As strange as it might sound, we are attached to our contraption; it feels safe and familiar, even though it is unpleasant. We hold on to our fears and pain because freedom feels dangerous. We long for it and distrust it at the same time.

We also know intuitively, that if we let go of our inner repression, we will begin to experience our emotions at a much deeper level. Our feelings might come out gushing. We are terrified of the intensity of our emotions. At one point in my life when I was consciously releasing difficult emotions, I remember feeling painfully brittle when sobbing. It felt as if I was shattered into small pieces. I had to find courage and self-acceptance, again and again, to continue the healing process.

Many of us are looking for easy ways to feel good. I did the same in my younger years. We try to find comfort in things, substances, fame, glory, approval, and avoidance. This kind of comfort works for a short time and then we need more different and better. Needless to say, this is a kind of comfort that does not facilitate transformation. It is the opposite of growth, and ultimately, it is deadening to the spirit and soul. If you want to transform, you need to tolerate what is uncomfortable. You need to take yourself out of the protective box and claim your aliveness. You need to take risks, open up, and express yourself. Living with a passion for the truth, and the courage to discover it connects us to the power of transformation: a power that lives within us, guiding our journey. If you are ready to let go of self-sabotage, procrastination, and self-judgment and allow a space of acceptance, compassion, and creativity I invite you to schedule a free 30-minute call with me.

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