Water of life, trickling water, sound within the garden and a simple reservoir, brings life, birds, sometimes an egret (blue heron) looking for fish in the pond, and pesky squirrels (pesky because they chew off small branches, leave partially eaten fruits on their pathways, and eat down the tops of some of the junipers in our particular landscape, thus the continual picking up and cleaning-up after the little critters!!!!) when there are surrounding trees. Night brings nocturnal creatures into activity, racoon, fox and yes, even skunk to the refreshing water.
Freezing winter subsides, the motor that pumps the living water of life over the rocks creates a simple water-fall for the the birds’ daily showers to fluff their feathers and to joy with great gratitude, spashing their feathers in the pond’s reservoir. The beautiful gift of great joy in the water of life in the garden of life, its inhabitants, and to the one who was given the thoughtfulness and creativity to build the structure that will provide many seasons of nature’s simple spirituality.
Robins, crows, magpies, chicadees, Chinese doves, and various finches, ducks and geese have residence in our area perennially, thus gracing the city and our property and private ponds and rivers. They await, just as we do, the lifting into spiritual-renewal come mid-April here, Spring Equinox, when the trees and grasses step-up growth for the foliage that will hold the nests of the young, provide shelter and privacy. Budding flowers of various fruit trees and bushes begin in February here for the various bees and squirrels. In due-time seasonal veggies and fruits come for the pecking and eating pleasure of the wildlife, the humans reaping the remainder. During the long winter and throughout the year, the perennial fruit of the resident squirrels and robins are the juniper berries and juniper trees.
The indigenous peoples, nature-focused peoples, and botanists understand the value of the juniper and its berries. The part of humanity that doesn’t know what the juniper offers can learn a lesson from the creatures that utilize the frugal simplcity the juniper and berry offers. The Juniper berry is anti-biotic in the sense of its bitter taste, which provides the system with a natural balance, is diuretic, and provides good heart health. I chew several fresh juniper berries daily, and even dry them and keep in jars for winter munching when snow is on the ground. Research the juniper’s herbal-remedy gifts on the internet.
Wildlife knows about frugal simplicity, if it can winter well in a particular area because the area provides some moisture through its foods and resevoirs they are as happy as they can be under winter circumstances. They are even happier when the Solar energy king emerges on the sunny days throughout winter, giving not only wildlife renewal and happiness, but all of humanity too, who choose to embrace the solarrays’ gifts of warmth and healing. We each know and understand well, how the Solar Sun energy king lifts the hearts and spirits of the majority. When it is a sunny day, people are usually happier to some degree. I know that I am extatically greatful!!!!!! The solar rays provide vitamin D synthesis for our bones and other healthful benefits.
All of these kinds of elements (earth, air, water, fire) in our environment gives equality in the sense that we each have the equal choice of how much it is that we will as an individual learn about, embrace, utilize and enjoy the frugal simplicity of nature’s healing spirituality. The joy of what each season’s gifts brings to each of us, is up to each individual to consciously tune into, explore and embrace.
The winter brings the beauty of the naked structure of the diciduous trees which are ruled by the zodiacal constellation of Capricorn. Our skeletal structure is also ruled by Capricorn. In the latitudes in line with the North American latitudes, we have come out of Capricorn’s season of the cold-stark death of winter. The time when all of nature’s plants and trees go inward to be renewed at the return of the Sun King’s solar rays, which give warmth for growth and strength. Even the evergreens change their hue of green. The blue spruce maintains its hue.
The Chinese and Japanese utilze the symbolism of the evergreen in their arts to remind them of the strength of these trees through the harsh winds and snows of winter. Be it Austrian pines, junipers, and evergreens of all types, these trees in our landscapes provide an enduring beauty, shelter and reminder of strength through the harshnesses of winter. The tender plants and humanity go inward into each of their physical homes both in house and the temple of their spirit, their body to complete winter tasks. The transient fowl move to warmer climes and return to our climate when the season becomes warmer as the Spring Equinox approaches. The bears and other creatures that hibernate have their individual winter sleep, birthing and emerge when the harsh cold subsides.
February and March bring us closer to the Spring Equinox, but all through this winter period before the Spring Equinox, we work inwardly in maintaining and completing our physical and spiritual tasks before the dawning of the new annual season. Sometime after the holidays, many begin working again on their bodies to lose the weight gained through the celebratory holidays. How lucky are those who utilize the motto of “moderation is liberation,” during the commercial holidays and push rich consumptive habits out of their lives.
It is so wonderful to have a daily regime of small portions and various exercises within the home and at work, such as weight lifting, pilates, stationery bike or treadmill while watching videos. Walking outdoors for convenient fresh air throughout the day during breaks from one’s work, travel to appointments, shopping and lunches are wonderful frugal ways for whole body-exercise. Each household and astrological sign has their own method of maintaining good health or not.
Part of completing each annual year is nurturing the inner gratitude, opportunity for learning something new, continuing to master one’s interests and career disciplines during the frugal simplicity of the changing seasons’ gifts to each of our lives. Whatever one’s environment, one can with great gratitude and joy, honor self by learning more, mastering more of the gifts of one’s spirit and nature.
The frugal simplicity of each season’s beautiful gifts provides the natural things that nature provides to create our own individual decor within our individual landscape and home. Beautiful variously-hued and shaped rocks and shells from the oceans: abalone (blues, greens, whites, pinks, reds inside and those that have been polished on the outside show their great beauty as well. Various clams provide their inner multi-hued beauty, oyster shells with barnacle growth, natural and polished nautalus all provide nature’s frugal simplicity.
All of nature’s frugal simplicity, be it within our landscape outdoors, or within the inner landscape of our homes caring for even just one houseplant in a sunny spot, and our inner selves provide clues for each one of us of the natural beauty of simply being what it is that one is. Nature does not compare itself with anything, it is only humanity that makes judgments. Thus, I like the simplicity of the Buddhist concepts of nonjudgment and neutrality. Enjoying everything for what it is, for its beautiful varied functions and “is-ness”.
The Solar king’s sunny rays shine within and on us all. The season within which each of us is born, the zodical solar house which we call our Sun sign is where our individual hearts and individual vitality pour’s out its rays of light and gifts for a particular Cosmic Dharma (purposeful functions and is-ness). The subtle energy within the individual that evolves through experiences one-day-at-a-time, whether the sun is shining outside or not, the inner solar rays emit their evolution to one’s self and one’s environment and shine on others’ lives through the individual behaviors and works of one’s life in each area of one’s life.
The cosmos and nature provide us with wonder, beauty, lessons, nonjudgment, neutrality and gratitude for its wonderous beauty through the seasons of evolution. We thus provide to others’ gratitude for all the wonderous beauty in our own behaviors, creativity, and works in the seasons of our own daily evolution
How great that is!!!!!!