Happy first day of summer! As author Gary Zukav says, “Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself. At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large…”
We invite you to join us in manifesting new potentials – spending more time outdoors, reconnecting with local, seasonal foods and taking action on what matters most in your life. Are there trails you’ve been wanting to explore? Work to do in your own garden or a community garden? A project you’ve been wanting to undertake?
Whatever you choose, take a pause to celebrate the season. As inspiration, we share the following question for reflection and accompanying activities, excerpted from our Reconnecting With Earth discussion course book. Wishing you a wonderful start to the summer season!
Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, believes that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?
After reflecting on the above question, choose at least one of the following activities to reconnect with nature this summer:
- Set aside time to nurture your connection with the natural world: daily walks, gardening, whatever renews your bond with Earth.
- Find a special place in nature where you can keep the built environs and other people out of view. Spend five or ten minutes being aware of what you experience with all your senses. Notice color, motion, touch, sound, temperature, form, and smell. Write down your impressions.
- Find at least one new hike or scenic view that you can visit in your local bioregion each month. Keep going back to your favorite ones.
- Establish a new ritual honoring your place in the web of life. It can be as simple as thinking about all the natural elements and beings that were involved in producing the food for your meal and then expressing gratitude.
- Think about your role in the political system, educational system, and economy. Take one action that enhances the human-Earth relationship.
Happy summer! For more ideas, activities and food for thought, learn more about NWEI’s Reconnecting With Earth course book by clicking here.