Just like that the weather changed. Oh, the warmth will be back, but it will be temporary. The Equinox is just around the corner, the days are getting shorter, we’ve had a drought, so the leaves are already thinking about leaving. Fall is headed our way.
That means the food is changing. Those luscious summer fruits and vegetables will be giving way to those luscious fall fruits and vegetables. But they demand a different kind of accompaniment… Time to stock up and get that pantry ready.
And time for us to think differently about Peace as well. When the sun shines and everyone’s out playing, it’s easy to be vaguely friendly. We have things to do, pools to swim in! But now, as the weather changes, we’ll be inside more. Time to stock our Peace Pantry as well as our food Pantry.
How are we going to cook up Peace this fall? What are the needed ingredients? Let’s think about this, shall we? Peace, it’s what’s good for us! And if we do our work, it could be what’s for dinner every night of the week.
It was a dark and stormy day… never you mind, it’s still the Vernal Equinox! It’s still Spring.It is, as is every day, a sacred gift to be unwrapped and celebrated. Stand still and be amazed!
It’s my Sabbath, day to gather with my community, day of rest and reflection.
While it may not be the day that I do the most for Peace, it is the day I focus the most on it.
I love this sunrise pic because it’s such an everyday picture. It’s a reminder that every day matters. A new day dawns. What will we do with it? Every day arrives to be filled up with Peace or Sweetness, according to our whims.
We have such freedom here to do that. We’re not waking up in a war zone. We’re not waking up under someone else’s thumb. And yet we’re allowing our world to be filled up with such ugliness. Ugly rhetoric. Ugly actions. So let us make whatever small stands we can.
Every day. Everyday matters. Every day matters. Everyday Peace. Every day, Peace.
I have a predilection for the places in between. Which is sorta funny, if you consider how black and white I can be about things…
But the Equinox: the notion that there is balance in the world is a reminder to us to look for and even create balance.
The Equinox hustled in this morning when we were sleeping at 4:21.
For all who are fasting today, I wish you a sweet and easy fast.
And I invite us all to consider, standing still around the noon hour and consider occupying just that space and observe the world around you without the stain, or shadow, if you prefer, of all your thoughts about the world. Try for a moment to watch it just be what it is without any relation to you.
Relationship is a great thing, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it’s nice to try and see things for themselves. It may give us some ideas about how to move forward.
Forward, that is, into Peace, the ultimate Balance, the ultimate wonder. (and oh, ps, don’t forget to try balancing the egg on its fat end! Go on now, try it!)
Well tomorrow, the time of balance arrives: The Autumn Equinox is here. If you look at the ancient European calendar, we’re already at the middle of fall, limping along toward winter. (The Norse calendar actually only had two seasons and October 31 started winter. I’m not quite ready!)
But Autumn is the Festival of the Third Great Thanksgiving. It is all about celebrating Abundance. (You’ll note that the Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the 10th of October, in keeping with the calendar.) Abundance has three great responsibilities:
- Thanksgiving and gratitude. Now is the season of blessing counting. For the next six weeks spend 10 minutes every day counting blessings.
- Sorting. This is a time to get clear about your lives. What do you have in your life that will sustain you? What do you have in your life that delights you? And what do you have in your life that no longer serves you? (and here’s a novel idea, get rid of it!)
- Sharing. Out of our abundance we are enjoined to share with the world. There are so many places where you can share your time, your talents and your treasure (yep, I meant money!). The need is great and you have much to offer. Even some of those things that no longer serve you will serve someone else!
But here in the States, the days are balmy and the nights are cool. Sleep is a wonderful thing! A true sign that fall has arrived, the Bloomsburg Fair started this weekend. There is fried food in my future! And little piggies! Fall, it’s a wonderful thing!
Remember to try and stand an egg on its head around the actual hour of the equinox… sometimes it just works!