When Spring Is Not Yet a Bud

By KM Huber

Transformation is the bursting bud, the shedding of a well-worn skin for a life not yet wrinkled or tried. Rebirth is simply irresistible.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin

In every moment that we live, a spring renewal of ourselves is possible. Like the natural world that surrounds us, we, too, may shed old lives for new. Transformation is inevitable, whether or not we embrace it.

When we cease to shed what’s dead in us in order to soothe the fear of others, we remain partial.
When we cease to surface our most sensitive skin simply to avoid
conflict with others, we remove ourselves from all that is true.
Mark Nepo

All we have to do is look to the natural world, which is always a mirror for us, even on a winter’s day. We go
Waverly Larch Spring Nubs 0313within ourselves in a moment of meditation. In our mind’s eye, the world reveals itself.

We cross the bridge of a reflecting pond that mirrors spring sky and cumulus clouds. A choir for all seasons, Ponderosa Pine, Live Oaks, and Dogwood–budded but not yet burst–skirt shimmering pond waters in a dance of light. The moment is fresh with the scent of promise.

A turtle, long in years, lumbers down the bank of the pond, camouflaged by the brown and grey that is still a winter’s soil. Plodding with purpose, the turtle lifts one front foot before the other, its shell shifting into complete balance before the next step is taken, sure and steady.

In the warmth of this mind moment, a black and yellow garter snake meanders, certain of its way, for it is the symbol of eternity and transformation. Freely, it sheds its skin to renew its life, inviting the risk of the new. Everywhere everything is coming to life.

Yet one look out a March window fresh with dawn reveals spring is not yet a bud but transformation is neither seasonal nor confined to the natural world. It is from within the first seeds of renewal are sown; it is from within the desire to blossom will overwhelm all else.

A morning’s meditation on shedding and renewal reminds that spring’s splendor is always a possibility for in each moment, a lifetime awaits if we are willing to take the risk.


KM Huber is a writer who learned Zen from a beagle. She believes the moment is all we ever have, and it is enough. In her early life as a hippie, she practiced poetry, and although her middle years were a bit of a muddle, she remains an overtly optimistic sexagenerian, writing prose. She blogs at kmhubersblog.com, may be followed on Twitter @KM_Huber or contacted by email at writetotheranch[at]gmail[dot]com.

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