Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Celebrating the Vernal Equinox with a labyrinth, fire, and s'mores

The Vernal Equinox brought with it the opportunity to celebrate with a mindful ritual.  In past years, we've planted something outside to help mark the first day of spring (or, given my tendency to have great plans but only so-so follow through, the first week/month of spring).  This year, however, my church held a labyrinth walk and bonfire to celebrate the change of seasons and I was thrilled to have such a cool event already planned that we could take part in.

As is their habit, the kids mostly ran through the labyrinth joyfully rather than walking mindfully, but that seems to be just about right for their respective ages.

And who doesn't love a big fire?  My young ones were fascinated by the bonfire until we broke out the makings for s'mores at the small campfire just across the field.  I don't know what E2B liked best, roasting the marshmallows or throwing small branches with pine needles into the fire and seeing them flare up impressively.

However you marked this day, I wish you a happy spring, friends!

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere'
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

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