Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
Spring will arrive on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 11:33 a.m. EDT and 8:33 a.m. PDT in the Northern Hemisphere, marked by the Vernal (Spring) Equinox.
Noted by many cultures as New Year for thousands of years. Nurooz, which means new day, is celebrated in many parts of the world. Zoroastrians were one of the early cultures that started their year thus. It is a time of purification and setting one’s intention for a new start. Other civilizations, such as Mayan also celebrated the Spring Equinox for hundreds of years before the Spanish arrived. Even the western cultures started the New Year in the spring till Julius Caesar changed it to January in 45 B.C.
Sadly, the political atmosphere of today's world leaves little to be cheerful about. The new war in Europe makes one wonder if, despite all our technology and availability of scientific information, we are getting smarter or more dim-witted. For, in this world of the twenty-first century, many nations are still fighting territorial wars, while the climate change is threatening the very nature of our planet, and people around the world live in squalid and inhumane conditions. Millions are dying from starvation and preventable diseases. Children play in running cesspools and breath acrid air of industrial residues. According to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), more than twelve million die every year due to unhealthy environments.
Spring will arrive this Sunday. It is said that "as the seasons form a great circle in their changing, so does the life of a person - from childhood to childhood." Since many of our leaders are acting dangerously childish, perhaps it is time for our younger generation to step up and save our world. So "Arise and start anew, for much awaits to be done. All things evolve from the creator, and all must revolve to complete the circle of life!" It is time to be completing this circle peacefully.
Despite all the tragedies in our world, I wish us all a better and Happy New Year! May it be a peaceful one!