today is the summer solstice which marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere. cultures around the world have marked the solstice throughout history as a moment of importance both for the changing of the seasons and for our relationship with the sacred.
this solar moment marks what is known as liminal space, or space between. the concept of liminality is more than just a space between two distinct times; it’s also a space in which rules are temporarily lifted, and roles are reversed.
if the concept of liminality seems new to you, think about all of the liminal spaces in your own life, birthdays are a great example as they’re a space between ages and you’re granted temporary permission to do exactly as you please. part of liminity is that it shows up to transform you, and then it ends. in the example of your birthday, you’re now a new age.
“the question is not what you look at, but what you see.
it is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon,
from a point a hair’s breadth aside from our habitual path or routine,
to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance.”
― henry david thoreau
art credit: cy twombly, le jour ni l’heure: quatre sagioini: estate (the four seasons – summer)
credits: emily ridout, elephant journal, merriam-webster dictionary
kinder’s hair shows signs of spring.
‘as full of spirit as the month of may, and as gorgeous as the sun in midsummer. ‘
“in the time it takes to say ‘now,’ now is already over.
it’s already ‘then.’ ‘then’ is the opposite of ‘now.’
so saying ‘now’ obliterates its meaning,
turning it into exactly what it isn’t.”
-ruth ozeki, a tale for the time being
my life’s interpretation of the above passage from ruth’s beautiful book :
by the time i get my clocks reset,
the time will change back again to the time it was when i started
like it never happened
until it happens again.
daylight saving time has arrived once again
image credit: pinterest, photographer unknown
march of the sugar plum corgis.
december days were brief and chill,
the winds of march were wild and drear,
and, nearing and receding still,
spring never would, we thought, be here.
~arthur hugh clough (1819–1861)
image credit: ladbible
the big guy checks out the situation.
“Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes.
Fine and dandy for Valentine candy.
if you’re not mitten-smitten,
you’ll be frostbitten!
By jing-y feels spring-y.”
― The Old Farmer’s Almanac
now that the day of winter solstice has passed
we are already adding seconds/minutes of daylight to each new day
working our way back toward the summer solstice
i hope to use the extra light wisely.
6,400,099,980 moments constitute a single day. every single one of those moments provides an opportunity to reestablish our will. even the snap of a finger provides us with sixty-five opportunities to wake up and to choose actions that will produce beneficial karma and turn our lives around.”
-dogen zenji-13th century zen master
(as quoted by ruth ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being.)
“in seed time learn,
in harvest teach,
in winter enjoy.”
image credit: karen whitworth
-the light returns, winter solstice sunrise, birch forest – alaska print