By Diane Shaver
The season of discovery has arrived! In southeastern Virginia where I live, the trees and flowers are in bloom or leafing out, warm sunny days are now the norm, and the fresh clean fragrance of moist earth and cut grass wafts into the house through the open windows . . . these are definite signs that spring is now in progress. I feel that spring truly is a season of discovery; for me, this is a time when everything feels fresh and new, ready and waiting to be discovered.
In my front yard, I have several flower beds of phlox, which are now in full bloom. Weeding the flower beds and working my hands in the moist, fresh earth provides me with a connection to nature while I work in the garden. Discovering the beauty of the flowers while working closely with them is a wonderful experience! For me, this is not a time to talk or listen to music, but rather a time that I quietly communicate with nature simply through interaction with my senses – kneeling in the grass, walking barefoot through the yard, moving my hands through the soil as I weed and loosen the soil around the plants, smelling the damp earth and sweet fragrance of blossoms. The sounds I hear represent the voice of nature that speaks to me – the buzzing of the bumble bees, the chirping and singing of the birds, dogs barking, the wind gently sighing as it smoothly moves through the tree branches.
Spring is not the only season of discovery for me; this is also a period in my life, when discovery seems to be a prominent theme. I completed the AHNCC Holistic Nurse Certification exam in March, 2015, and I received notification in April, 2015, that I passed the certification exam. Wonderful news! I feel that a door has opened for me, and I am now crossing the threshold of discovery to define what role I will play in coaching, as well as, what role coaching will continue to play in my life. To me, this role feels fresh, new, and ready and waiting to be discovered!
In Dan Millman’s The Laws of Spirit, A Tale of Transformation, the Law of Cycles, Dancing to Nature’s Song reads:
“The world of nature moves
in rhythms, patterns, and cycles –
the passing of the seasons,
the movement of the stars,
the ebb and flow of the tides.
The seasons do not push one another;
neither do clouds race the wind across the sky.
All things happen in
their own good time –
rising and falling and rising
like ocean waves,
in the circles of time.”
This is my season of discovery in life, and I am filled with gratitude and joy to be
“dancing with nature’s song.” Are you, too, in your season of discovery?
Diane Shaver, RN, MSN, NC-BC is a Registered Nurse and graduate of the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy. Diane has over 35 years experience in caring for adults and children in acute care hospitals and community health settings with a focus on patient education, health promotion, and holistic nursing.