June 23rd, 2010

muir woods stream

Each moment -

I continue to realize how important it is to honor each and every moment.   This time of year I rise and water outside and visit a redwood tree that anchors our lower yard.  I feel graced to live near such a tree.  I'm inspired as I honor its trunk, branches, needles and its loving paintbrush touch of sky.


I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

May today be a day of peace for us all!
alan - joshua tree bloom

Midsummer Night's Eve!

I love The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Today I learn it is Midsummer Night's Eve. Here it is foggy and cold, but perhaps the fairies are still out spreading magical cheer. May your day pulse with dew.

From The Writer's Almanac:

Tonight is Midsummer Night's Eve, also called St. John's Eve. St. John is the patron saint of beekeepers. It's a time when the hives are full of honey. The full moon that occurs this month was called the Mead Moon, because honey was fermented to make mead. That's where the word "honeymoon" comes from, because it's also a time for lovers. An old Swedish proverb says, "Midsummer Night is not long but it sets many cradles rocking." Midsummer dew was said to have special healing powers. In Mexico, people decorate wells and fountains with flowers, candles, and paper garlands. They go out at midnight and bathe in the lakes and streams. Midsummer Eve is also known as Herb Evening. Legend says that this is the best night for gathering magical herbs. Supposedly, a special plant flowers only on this night, and the person who picks it can understand the language of the trees. Flowers were placed under a pillow with the hope of important dreams about future lovers.