We in the Northern Hemisphere marked the Summer Solstice and ushered in the beginning of Summer this past Tuesday at 10:16am PST,  giving us our longest day of the year.  And today marks what many call “Midsummer” – a time for celebration associated with the Solstice as well as with the onset of summer.  With ancient origins, Midsummer is a time for lighting bonfires, feasting, dancing, community festivals and generally welcoming in the long, warm days of summer with celebration.

For those of us steeped in the Earth Institute’s work, we know that acknowledging the passing of the seasons is also a way to deepen in our relationship to place.  Today we invite you to mark the new season in your own way.  Light a candle.  Step outside for a few minutes of sunshine.  Walk barefoot.  Marvel at the flowers in full bloom!

As Rachel Carson says, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”  – And so, we welcome the new season with renewed zest and inspiration to take responsibility for Earth.


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