The increasing daylight is energizing. We are almost halfway to the equinox and nature is responding to the light. The swans and snow geese are practicing in formation, awaiting the day they will leave. Buds on the trees are swelling, tulips and spring flowers are poking out of the ground, and spring rains are softening the ground. (That may be a bit of a euphemism. The ground is actually soggy from all the recent rain.) All point to the expectancy of new life. It’s exciting. This is ordinary time, a time when everyday miracles are still lying dormant to my awareness, a time when nature shouts for me to open my eyes and ears, to smell the freshness coming from the earth. I must acknowledge my own response to the cycles of the seasons and recognize my inner longing to break free of my shell and burst through the ground of my existence to a new way of being.