blue lights blurred at night (Big Sky Wide)

Thanks Eric! (Bright Nights Lightshow in Springfield, MA – December 2013)

The sun brings so much more in this month, this time of year.  It is a balm, a source, a precious commodity.  Waking to -8 degrees F° after so many winter months is tiresome, exhausting, and bitter.  But when the sunshine is brilliant, such a change may be seen in mental positioning.

Friends and family, those closest to us, can do this too.  Provide perspective, a clarity to our actions and thoughts, that helps us to shed unnecessary burdens and shift our intentions positively.  At times we seek them out and at others we are surprised by an insight that strikes with no prior thought.

Modernity has tended to label looking to the simple pleasures or focusing us on the smaller daily joys as tools for living in what can be an era of ‘too much’.  I wonder, though, why is it considered simple to care about what is truly important.  What we consume, how we treat our insides and care for our loved ones.  The when of our daily routines, to create and mend and clean to make way for a day to do it all again.  The where of our homes, our shelter, its maintenance and tending to the systems that keep us comfortable and healthy.  And most importantly, the daily spiritual upkeep necessary to keep our hearts and minds: clear and vigorous, joyful and loving.

Essentials such as these should be celebrated as our daily reminders that we are alive and held in highest regard.