Here we are at Midsummer. The shadows are deep and green. The fields are bursting with the brilliant colors of wildflowers. The intense heat of recent weeks has subsided for a time as a cooler air mass has settled in. Although we are just a few days into July, the cool air has brought in the season’s first autumnal light.
Along with hints of Autumn, this week has produced the season’s first ripe tomatoes and green beans. The spinach has gone to seed, but the lettuce continues to grace our table with luscious salads. Green beans and tomatoes have made their way to the altar, as we give Gratitude to the Creator for the abundance of our garden and lives. Rather than wait for one day of Thanksgiving for the harvest, we try to acknowledge the arrival of each new food, beginning with maple syrup in the early Spring.
On the work front, our students have settled down to work on their research papers which are due today. They are dancing on the edge between academics and visionary experience. We wonder how they will manage this, and bring balance to the course.
Last evening a neighbor brought over three handmade frame drums she is no longer using. She had heard about the drum shortage that occurred during the Intensive, and wondered whether we might be able to use additional drums. We were, and remain, grateful for her generosity.
This week we have also been blessed by neighbors’ and friends’ requests for ceremony. We don’t talk much about our work, yet somehow the word gets out. There are more requests for teaching as well. As a result, we are considering what we might offer.
This seems a rich time, and we are indeed grateful for the many opportunities to be of service.