From the Editor's Computer
Can you spend a blissful hour and half doing something you truly enjoy. Can you immerse yourself totally into the task so that you are completely in the present moment and don’t even notice the world around you? Can you surrender you expectations of the outcome and just enjoy the experience?
As children we were able to do that. How many children can spend hours creating new worlds from a simple cardboard box? Or, do you remember being outside in the summer time and watching the clouds float overhead?
Not only can children teach us to reconnect to those special moments, pets can to. Take a moment to watch a puppy really chewing a bone, or a cat soaking up the sunshine.
If we spent less time frantically rushing around trying to get it all done and more time just enjoying the present experience, we’d find that our lives progress in a smoother fashion, and paradoxically, we would get more done in the long run.
Life is meant to be experienced, not rushed through as though it was a race.
From the Editor's Computer February 2nd is traditionally known as Groundhog Day in North America. A time when we rely on a groundhog to predict for us - by means of observation, or non-observation, of a shadow. However, this holiday has an even more ancient history than many of us are aware of.
Imbolc was a Celtic holiday to honour the goddess Brigid (Brigit) - and it referred to the time when the ewes were giving birth to spring lambs. February 2, when Imbolc was celebrated, is the halfway mark between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It was on Imbolc that people looked for the following signs that winter was ending.
· Ewes lactating and giving birth to spring lambs.
· Predicting the weather by watching for hedgehogs, and other burrowing animals come out of their dens.
· People cleaned out their homes to purify them from the dullness of winter. Whether spring is 6 weeks away or we have 6 more weeks of winter, the days are getting longer and we know it will get warmer out. Beth Click here to read the complete issue of The Chautauqua. To contact The Chautauqua, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.