(This is a reprise from a previous year. Somehow, this year, the talk of risk and abandon seems to need to include a caveat, that of course we are not risking our own or other people’s health or safety in the risks we are taking.)
May first is Beltane, the ancient holiday marking the mid-point of spring, the wanton flowering season, the wild celebration of abandon and extravagant freedom.
What will you give yourself to in the coming season? What direction will your passions lead you? What freedom can you claim for yourself in the days ahead? Throw off the cloaks and veils that hide you. Remove your corsets and girdles. Run barefoot in the fields. Roll in the grass. Swing from the trees.
May Day is about running through the door, barefoot and maybe naked, but completely unconcerned, willing to take the necessary risks to accomplish your dreams.
Look around you, at all that is growing so wildly, so full of life force. What forces within you are pushing their way toward the sunlight? What will not be contained? What is exploding into bloom? What vines curl outward from your center?
What will you risk in the coming season? What constricting “clothing” do you need to cast off in order to abandon yourself to your projects?
A Blessed Beltane season to you!
May your dreams feed you.
1. That pink guarddogwood
2. Stretching body and mind
5. Hunger, appetite
May we walk in Beauty!
“As I me walk-ed in a May morning, I heard a bird sing. . .” ―May song
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” ―Jules de Gaultier
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” ―Iris Murdoch
“A light wind swept over the corn, and all Nature laughed.” ―Anne Bronte
“We are all just walking each other home.” ―Ram Dass
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything.” ―Rainer Maria Rilke
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” ―Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.” ―Frederick Douglass
“Hopelessness is the Enemy of Justice.” —Bryan Stevenson