Although I still have so much to learn, I do feel like I'm not quite brand new at this anymore, which is exciting. I've learned a lot of practical things (like how to move around them so they--and I--stay calm and what various types of bees look like) but what has been even more fun to me is to discover some little (and big) life lessons from these busy bees that now (lucky for me) call my backyard their home.
How can you work on integrating these little lessons from bees into your daily life?
The Summer Solstice happens officially (MST) at 10:24pm tonight (June 20th). Today is the longest day of the year (and shortest night of the year). Solstice can be translated to "stillness"--a time of transition and pause. With the high amount of energy that comes with the longest day of the year and the most light, it is also an invigorating day of celebration, and fun.
Here are some ideas to celebrate the summer solstice:
Happy Summer Solstice!
If you live in Boise too, this spring equinox just might be a little more appreciated than normal. We had quite the record-breaking winter and there were days it felt it would never end! But just as the sun rises each day, spring is here again.
The first day of spring marks an important turning point. Today, we will have equal day and equal night (the meaning of equinox)… perfect balance. Today is a day to think about balance in our lives, to reflect on that which we would like to grow, and cleanse our lives of things we want to leave behind.
Here are some points of reflection to consider as we enter a new season (write about these or discuss with a trusted friend):
And here are some traditional ideas to celebrate today:
Happy Spring, everyone!
I am a skier and a snow lover, so all of this snow that Boise has seen has made me really happy. I think it’s beautiful! It has made me contemplate what we can learn from the snow. Here are some things I came up with:
What else can we learn from the snow?
The perfect time to pause and reflect is coming: the 2017 Winter Solstice takes place at 9:28 am on December 21st. At this time, the earth is at maximum tilt, with the northern hemisphere tilted far from the sun. It is a pivotal moment: Before the solstice the days continue to shorten, and after the solstice the days begin get longer. After the solstice, the earth begins its journey slowly tilting the other direction until the end of June (Summer Solstice). The two solstices we get each year are two of my favorite days!
Solstice can be translated to “sun stands still” or simply, “stillness.” What a wonderful time to be still ourselves and reflect on where we have been and where we would like to go. Although it will be the longest and darkest day of the year, inherent in that is something equally important… HOPE. There is hope that more sun—more light, opportunity, joy—is inevitable! We know this to be true: the days will literally get brighter. What a beautiful metaphor.
Here are some questions to ask yourself in the few days before and after the solstice. Meditate with these questions in mind, talk it over with a trusted friend, or jot down your thoughts.
Interestingly, New Year’s Eve and the new calendar year occurs shortly after the Winter Solstice. I personally enjoy the New Year holiday for the hope and reflection it brings. However, there is something so natural and logical about perhaps beginning our new year’s resolutions—and engaging in reflection—during the Winter Solstice instead (or you can do both).
Happy Winter Solstice to you and yours! I hope that the stillness provides rest and peace, and I hope that the new year brings plenty of light and opportunity your way.