Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Solstice Soliloquy

Happy Solstice Everyone,

May you spend each moment of this longest day of 2011 well. Be still and present in your doings and remember: take a few minutes, an hour, longer if you're able, to breathe in the bounty and glory of this home we call Earth. Go outside. Take your shoes off. Find some grass and let your toes revel, or a patch of dirt or sand. Sit down. Stay awhile.

Children's book by Ellen Jackson,
illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis
Touch the Mother from whence God made us and to whom he gave us charge. She won't ask for thanks. Or payment. Just having you stand, attentive to her nurturing rhythm, is all that she asks.

Go forth. Put down your PC, your Mac, your laptop or your smartphone. The outdoors is calling. Answer the call.

It will transform you.

The effect will ripple through the rest of your day and touch everyone you come in contact with. And, who knows. Maybe the combined effect of all of our ripples will trigger a healing for Mother Earth.

Miracles happen.

Happy Summer Solstice 2011, Olivia J. Herrell


Shannon said...

Lovely post. :)

Now to find time to dip my toes in the grass...


A wonderful refreshing post.


A.T. Post said...

It's hard to be grateful to Mother Nature when it's 100+ degrees outside. But I'll try anyway, just for you.

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Shannon, oh, I so hope you did! :)

Yvonne, thank you for your kind words, it's good to see you! Gotta make it over your way and catch up.

Postman, well. I hear ya. It was close to 100 and humid here today but you'd be proud of me. At my own behest, I spent a couple of hours outdoors watering the gardens and building a compost pile.

Of course, now I'm zonked. And, though I showered right after, I keep wandering back out there, picking up and looking at my handiwork, so I'm all sweaty again. So. No excuses Probie. Shoes off. In the grass. :)

Happy to see y'all! Olivia

Elliot Grace said...

...lovely post, Olivia. Unfortunately, in my neck of the woods, a torrential downpour has limited our evening to watching the lightning show through our front window :)

...but it's a summer rain, which makes all the difference!


dolorah said...

I got out for 15 minutes today :) We all went out for a smoke breat - no I don't smoke, but I enjoy the company and the few minutes away from my cubie.

The air was warm, no breeze, but since we're all in sandals we touched the grass. We all took turns naming a white fluffy cloud. I know, we're pretty silly for a group of grown-ups. But hey, at least we enjoyed the few minutes of sky.

I hope you are doing well. I miss your posts.


Melanie Sherman said...

It was the first sunny, hot day of the year for us. Joy was everywhere. Sat outside at lunch an read. I'm not going out now, though, because I can hear the buzz of the bugs, waiting, waiting for tender flesh.

Loved your post.

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