It’s hard not to notice that spring has arrived here in San Francisco. Beneath the grey skies, under the sheets of rain and hail, are the blossoming bulbs of daffodils.
Observing and celebrating the seasons gives all of us, and especially children, a sense of place in the world and an understanding of time as it passes.
The rhythm of the earthly seasons mirrors the rhythm of our soul seasons. That rhythm allows us to re-center ourselves. We are stepping out of winter, the darkest season where we have to use our internal will to create the light, into spring where light is racing to shine through in our environment.
How do you celebrate the changing seasons in your community?
With the vibrant and lively spring festival Holi? Greeting the spring as a new chapter with Persian New Year? Spring is abundant with cultural traditions and celebrations, including the commemoration and celebration of Earth Day.
Were there any decorations or visual markers in your home, school, or neighborhood that indicated the new season?
One simple way to bring the rhythm of the changing seasons from outside into your home is to carve out a small space for a nature corner. This could be a corner of the kitchen counter, a small side table, a mantel, or even next to the bathroom sink. In the spring the nature corner might include a few fresh flowers, a small bowl of freshly planted seeds that will grow in the coming days, any object that may represent springtime from your religious or cultural traditions, or even something that has a splash of color. The nature corner brings the season inside and creates a bridge for your family between the natural phenomena outside into the home.
With spring upon us, we are watching collard greens flourishing at our school farm. We would love to embrace the changing season with you and welcome you to connect with our community.
Happy Spring Everyone!