Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Seasons

I used to take the passing of the seasons for granted.  It was easy to ignore them when I could go inside and crank the heat or the air conditioner to live my life at exactly 70 degrees.  Snow was inconvient.  I don't like to be hot and autumn leaves are pretty.  Big deal.

Somewhere in the last decade, I have learned to appreciate and experience the seasons as they shift.  It happened alongside my desire to learn more about myself and to be open to spiritual experiences.  I understand that these two views don't have to happen alongside each other, but for many people I've met along this road, they do.

There is something comforting about watching each season pass.  It happens each year- it's always a bit different, but it at the same time, each season has it's flavors, scents, sights, textures and sounds that distinctly define that season.  It reminds me that the past is little different from today and that tomorrow will have at least some comfortable familiarity.

Appreciating the flow of the seasons can be as easy as turning of the HVAC and opening the windows (you don't have to swelter or freeze, but a little taste of the outside environment inside your home or office can be enough to let you connect with nature).  Enjoy some of the foods available with each season and take a moment to recognize the changes in daylight hours.  Notice what the plants and animals are doing, celebrate the solstices and equinoxes, the plantings and the harvests.  Take comfort in the rhythms of life and celebrate that there are somethings, people still can't change.

Today is the Summer Solstice.  Take at least a moment and appreciate that this is the longest day of the year. Tomorrow, the days will begin to grow shorter and the dark half of the year begins.  Drink in sunlight and warmth.  The crops are ripening in the earth.  Soon harvest will come.  The wheel of the year is in constant motion, nothing is static.  Everything changes, and that is exactly as it should be.

1 comment:

  1. May you enjoy every moment. Happy Solstice!

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