In sharp contrast with much of the UK that has been battered by heavy rain during one of the wettest winters in living memory, the Moray area of Scotland is enjoying unusually mild and dry weather.
The official Met Office rainfall maps show that Moray has been one of the driest places in Britain recently although for many thousands of people elsewhere it has been a winter of discontent with severe flooding, especially in the south of England.
In recent days members of the Findhorn Foundation community have been counting their blessings and making the most of sunny spells and an explosion of new buds and blooms.
Many more residents can be seen taking their lunch outside the Community Centre, where lilac crocuses are adding brilliant splashes of colour. And on my daily early morning walk through the woods I’ve noticed yellow gorse flowers emerging again, while within the past 48 hours golden daffodils have sprouted beneath the young oak tree planted to commemorate the life and legacy of co-founder Eileen Caddy.
The days are so much longer now and the seemingly miraculous return of new life has been accompanied by a soaring of emotions, my own days increasingly filled with a childlike sense of excitement, joy and wonder.
For many it is also more than a manifestation of flowering plants, something deeper stirring inside. As Neale Donald Walsch, author of the best-selling Conversations with God series, observed: “There is a unique energy here … it makes it easy for people to access a different level of knowing, understanding and experiencing of some of the higher truths of life and how it is.”
Here people are encouraged to question, knowing that it is at the end of our comfort zones that life begins.
“Come to the edge,” Walsch invites. “What Findhorn brings to the human spirit is the possibility of flying!”