It’s so easy to overlook the beauty and symbolism of nature. This bee hive, for example, is a work of art lying in a pile of woodland debris. The cells are all hexagons, which are six sides. Six is symbolic of love, communication, balance and union. The bees raise their families in the hives and work collaboratively as a community for a common good.
Just yesterday I was reading the Patanjali’s 15th Yoga Sutra, which focuses on non-attachment. What does this really mean in practical terms, in how we live our lives? And what does it have to do with bees?
Today, I’m contemplating vairagya, or non-attachment, with this passage from Patanjali:
Sacrifice is the law of life. Why does a candle burn? To give light. Why does a tree grow? To give fruit and flowers. Is there anything, sentient or insentient, in this world that lives for its own sake? No. When the entire nature sacrifices, why should we human beings alone lead selfish lives? We are here to give and give and give.
How are you giving of yourself today? Share what lights you up with others. We are here to give.
It is barren and cold here now. Everything is brown. I took this photo in November; those curling leaves are no more. Yet here they are, reminding me of spring and sunshine. Reminding me that there is such grace in simplicity when we step out of time, into the eternal now.
I love the slow pace of weekends, easing into the day, savoring my coffee. In “the old days” (did I just say that? I sound like my mother) I used to look forward to the arrival of the Sunday paper. I could sit for hours looking through the magazine-style advertisements, the Style and Real Estate sections.
It was a Sunday ritual of lounging and dreaming, like an Artist’s Date without leaving the house. Weekend Wanderings is a new weekly series designed to recreate that feeling with curated links from around the web to things that will inspire, entertain, delight.
Shakti represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe, and the personification of the divine feminine creative power. Originally, this image was an autumn tree with orange and red leaves.