02 August 2016
Savoring the beauty of Lammas
As the shadows lengthen at on these Lammas days—the mid-point between the Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox—the Earth invites us to savor the beauty, the sweetness, and the richness of our lives.
Where do we find the connection and belonging that our hearts so deeply yearn for? In our society, we are often told that one romantic relationship should meet all our needs—rather than relying on a wide-ranging circle of sources. Lammas season invites us to remember that making a connection with a greater spectrum of resources gives us more access to love! That spectrum includes our friends and loved ones, of course, and also plants, water, wild things . . . the Earth herself.
Harvesting plants, nibbling on sorrel, red clover and day lily blossoms, feeds our spirit as well as our bodies. As this time of year tugs at our hearts, one sunny day after another reminds us that we need to be in the present, because this warmth won't last forever. We are stirred to connect with the Earth in a real, physical and immediate way.
We’re called to the water—to put our feet in a stream, swim in the creek, float down the river, or wade into the ocean. It’s a longing that speaks to the tiny, aquatic creature we once were in the womb.
The warm soil and soft, fragrant grass beckon us to rest and re-align. I particularly love to walk in the woods and lie down on the Earth with the soles of my feet against a sturdy tree. I find that laying on the Earth or resting against a tree reminds me of the closeness of spooning with a beloved. The negative ions from the Earth recharge our human bodies and the electrical, energetic and magical connections that happen, support our needs for love, communion and intimacy—not with just one, individual being, but with this amazing, interwoven web of life.
Open your heart at Lammas. Drink in the fullness of the season. Embrace the Earth and welcome her as She returns the embrace. Be joyful and grateful for the abundance and the love—in all its forms—that surrounds us.