Bethea's Blog

May 6, 2020 - The Month of May and the Great Mothering Spirit!

This week, I'm focusing on a brighter and more uplifting topic than what I've written about recently. The month of May often brings to mind mothers, Mother's Day and even Mother Earth. For that reason, May is a particularly special time. Spring is also reaching its peak now as Mother Nature's fertility is blooming and thriving. Just look around at any green space. It's no wonder that so many countries around the world typically hold spring celebrations now. It's a shame that those festivities will need to be calmer and smaller this year.

You may have seen images of traditional Maypole dances, which entail a tall pole decorated with flowers and greenery and hung with ribbons while participants in ceremonial dress dance around it. In more agrarian societies, these festivities were part of an ancient spring dance that celebrated the fertility of the fields and crops during the coming growth and harvest seasons.

In the U.S., mothers and grandmothers are recognized on the second Sunday in May, honoring maternal figures, motherhood and the many ways that mothers nurture us. It's a celebration and recognition of those who bring us into the world and who feed, clothe and care for us. In some cases, the one we call mother may actually be a surrogate mother, someone who became our caregiver and who makes us feel loved and nurtured.

I think of and honor the memory of my own mother at this time. She passed away unexpectedly years ago, but my love for her has never waned. In the spirit of Mother's Day, I invite you to pay tribute not only to your own mother but to all mothers. A beautiful bouquet or a thoughtful gift are caring ways to show appreciation and love, as is spending time with them, but that may be a little tricky right now for some. I suggest reaching out to your mother and/or grandmothers in the best and safest way you can.

Now more than ever, it's time to appreciate what we have and those who are close to us. I hope you'll make the most of this beautiful month. Honor and recognize Mother Nature, Mother Earth, your mother and all mothers for their maternal love and nurturing. None of us would be here without them.

"A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's." — Princess Diana

I send wishes to all for a lovely and safe week!