I think of the many examples in nature that demonstrate this principal. In order for a seed to sprout, the seed coat must first be broken down by water, warmth, and sometimes abrasion. The caterpillar must enter complete darkness and turn into a sack of mush before it can become a beautiful butterfly. Tiny bits of earth must wash away and huge chunks must fall away to create a beautiful waterfall. We admire and appreciate all the end results, but if we took the perspective of the seed, the caterpillar, the mountain we would surely feel as though it were the end of our world…the end of life as we know it.
The process of destruction and creating is happening all the time on this beautiful planet of ours. That is what our planet is all about. But lately, the cycles of destruction and creating seem to be speeding up. There are many of us that are in the midst of transitions in our personal lives. We are the microcosm reflecting what is happening at the macroscopic level. How we handle our personal transitions is directly related to the greater changes that must take place at the planetary level. We each have a piece of our planet to claim, heal, and create into something new. This energy is powerful and intense. And the process can be painful. Can we trust this process? Can we be fully present as this process unfolds? Can we experience this with grace? The choice is ours both individually and collectively.
Life and death; creation and destruction, they go hand in hand. Life is magnificent; death is distressing. Creation is beautiful; destruction is devastating. Without one we would not know the other. This is the yin and yang of our existence.
The changing of the seasons gives us a very clear understanding of the cycle of creation and destruction. Springtime blossoms with new life and growth everywhere we look, summer is full of action and doing and growing, fall brings about a slower pace allowing time for preparation, while winter provides a quiet space for deep inner work and/or death. With each season we witness a piece of destruction and a new birth into a new phase of being. Yet, in the end of the seasons, we circle right back around to where we started, bringing with us a new piece of knowledge and a new piece of ourselves. It is here through this process that I find myself growing, not only with age, but also with awareness.
Right now my personal focus lies within the destruction of my own judgments as far as what I deem good and bad; comfortable and uncomfortable; acceptable and unacceptable in my experiences. I know that within every experience that I experience, both positive and negative, I can choose what can be created out of it. Deep down, within the destruction of my opinions, lies the wealth of an open heart. This is one overwintering that brings about a rejuvenation of the soul along with blossoming new visions.