Today is Easter. As I write this.
Easter, is by definition, the “most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” The timing of the Easter Holiday is stated clearly. The definition continues. “It is and held between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.” Now that is quite a definition.
All that aside, “resurrection” is the key word in that sentence. In Christian belief, that is Christ’s rising from the dead. In general terms, to resurrect means to restore to life. Revive. Revitalize.
No matter how you celebrate this day, or perhaps you do not observe this day at all; whether you are in line with this Christian viewpoint, or you are an Atheist, or Agnostic. There is one thing we can all agree on. New life exists.
New life is all around us in the world. Life. Our existence. Our being.
Sure, there is the glorious day of our birth. When we first come into this world.
But that is not our only birth. It simply isn’t. We are reborn time and again in our lives. Some of us more than others.
The first time you sat on that seat, moving those peddles. The person behind you lets go, and there you are. Balancing. Moving along on your own volition. Riding a bike for the very first time. You were someone else before. But in that moment, there was a transformation. A transition. Balance is discovered. A new-found faith in yourself — that YES — you could do it. “Look.” You say. “I’m doing it.”
It is a new life. This is one of many.
We find our free will. We realize our willingness. We act with intention. We find things by accident. We move forward. We withdraw. We transcend. We learn by our doing. We create. We wonder. We know our conscious.
We know our conscious.
And every time this occurs we have found a new life in our own.
It is a world that is heavy with burden, injustice, trauma, inequity, wrong doing. Yet despite this, there are times when each of us is given new life. New reason. New goodness. It may be large and overwhelming. It may be small, and difficult to notice.
In those moments I am thankful.
Again, I know there are those who refute the existence of a higher being, or a supreme intelligence. The Agnostic, and the Atheist.
While I understand their points of view, I don’t agree.
I can see that beyond our hearts, and our minds — we all have our souls.
Those new lives of consciousness. Time and again.
And again. I am grateful.
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”
― Leo Tolstoy, A Confession
“Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else.”
― Erwin Schrödinger
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. — Emily Dickinson