"We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." ~Maya Angelou

Monday, June 20, 2016

The First Day of Summer


      Okay, officially it is the first day of Summer, but if you live anywhere near Central NW Oklahoma you know it has been Summer for some time. We have fresh tomatoes, beets, green beans, new potatoes and...(wait for it, wait for it, wait...) YELLOW SQUASH. The day you taste that first fried squash or juicy sliced tomato is the actual FDoS, no matter what the calendar says. The calendar is something we cobbled together while trying to make sense out of what we saw happening around us in nature. The earth beneath our feet and the wonders happening within it is something else, something More. 
      I recommend going out early, before the sun appears and burns away the magic. Walk Meander (what a great word), look carefully beneath the uppermost leaves, down closer to the earth. It takes five minutes, maybe ten. You have that. You could do it on the way to the car.  Look carefully and try not to disturb the processes you see at work there.  Observe only, with no agenda or language. Take a few deep breaths.  Stare into the depths of a blooming flower for an entire minute...okay, half a minute then, before you get in the car and carry on with your day.
      This kind of exercise in connection doesn't need to be your life's work.  It is the granting of a moment of silence.

    P.S. The Hummingbirds send their greetings.

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