In the classroom religious education at OUUC this month the theme is Rhythms. We will be focusing on how indigenous traditions and paganism connect to the natural rhythms such as the seasons, the moon, even the tides. March is a wonderful time to talk about the seasons, as the Spring Equinox marks the turning of one season to another and we can celebrate the arrival of spring.
“Living Seasonally” is becoming a popular concept, especially when it comes to food. Eating food as it is in season instead of shipping strawberries around the world so we can enjoy them in December is an environmentally-friendly choice, saving the fuel and the climate impact of all that transport. But it has another value, because the strawberry season in June is so much sweeter and more precious when it is a once-a-year experience than when we can have a strawberry any old time.
One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Ecclesiastes 3:1 (famously turned into a song by Pete Seeger and covered by The Byrds):
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
There is a time for everything, not just for foods, but for everything. The value of living seasonally is that you attune your life to what is the right thing to be doing right now. As a life-coach once told me, “you can do almost everything you want and need to do, but honey you can’t do it all right now.” A seasonal to-do list, a weekly routine, and a daily rhythm are all helpful in managing the never-ending tasks of life. Nature shows us how this works, and connecting to these rhythms feels deeply right to me as spiritual practice. Doing so connects us to the natural world and the interdependent web of life all around us.
Look to the natural rhythms around you. What is this season for you? What activities are the right ones for this season? There is a time for everything, but not everything is right for this time. Asking these questions of yourself can help you find your own natural rhythms.
May the blessings of this season be yours.