Green is the most common color in our natural world and second only to blue as folks most common favorite color. Green is a primary color, that along with red and blue can be used to create all other colors. It is said that the human eye sees more shades of green than any other color. For those of you who may be familiar with yoga and spiritual energy work, green is the color associated with the heart chakra, one of the traditional seven energy centers in our bodies. This energy center, associated with the color green is located in our cardiac plexus, involving the heart, lungs and the center of our circulatory system. The heart center was perceived by ancient people to be a place of integration of heart and mind. This center is considered as bridging the gap between the physical and spiritual. Opening our heart center allows us to love more, empathize and have compassion, to live as fully, lovingly human.
The psalmist pleads, “Create in me an open heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.” We seem to hold this as a theme each Lent as we prepare for the rebirthing that Easter morning symbolizes, as spring bursts through greening and coloring the world around us. Spring and Easter offer us a wake-up call to open our hearts, minds, and the eyes of our soul to the message of revitalization, rebirth, renewal that is re-energizing our world. How often we think of Lent as asking us to “clean up” and yet I love what Richard Rohr said in a recent Lenten morning meditation: “Lent is not so much about cleaning up as it is about waking up!”
So, let’s wake up to Spring and the message that our Creator is surrounding us with in all Creation. Let’s “Go Green!” Maybe pick a sprig of something green today and pin it close to your heart and join in Creation’s celebration of new life. Let’s clothe our hearts with hope and love, let the energy of God’s Springtime naturally rise within us, flow through us and spill over into the world around us. God is calling us to join with the rest of life to color his world! By God’s amazing Grace, Spring is happening, and we are part of its greening and unfolding.
May it be so . . . .