It’s suggested that April’s etymology is related to aperire, the Latin word for “open.” Whether or not that’s accurate, it’s apt. Spring tends to bring out our openness. There is a need to get out into the world and to connect with others, to enjoy the Earth. What does it mean to enjoy the Earth? Considering where we stand environmentally, “enjoy” implies that we should appreciate the Earth. Perhaps even, give back to the Earth, work for the good of the Earth–shower her with that kind of appreciation. After all, it has long been time to take up the fierce intention of making our best hopes a reality, of taking action toward realignment and of healing ourselves and our home. In April there are auspicious days to do this, Buddha’s birthday (April 8th) and Earth Day (April 22nd).