“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Memorial Day weekend in the US is the kick-off of summer. School is out, the beach awaits, and the world is our oyster. What is it about summer that makes everything seem better? Fertility! The world surrounding us is deeply, abundantly, unreservedly fertile. That makes us feel young and fertile too. This is the mating season for all beings, and even if we're not in mating mode, the sap rises and we feel lush and eager.
If you are wondering what such talk has to do with spirituality, I would say to you, “Everything!” This libidinal energy that surges in every living thing in summer, that causes the plants to grow and flower, birds to sing, and rams to snort and clash their horns together is nothing short of the creative power of the universe. It is the same for us—since of course, we are part of that universe.
There is an old fashioned word, fecundity, that is rarely used any more because it carries the whiff of taboo. It means the ability to produce an abundance of offspring; to be fertile and productive. That is the energy of summer. This is the season of great optimism, when ideas rise like the sap in a tree, and all movement is upward and outward. We feel our mood improve, our energy surge, and excitement for what may be coming that's new and delicious.
One might describe the energy of summer as a soaring of spirit, because we feel alive in a way we do not feel in winter. I say to you: Go with it! Enjoy it! Sing, dance, let the forces of nature flow through you! This is our soul's sacred celebration of life.
In the Spirit,