HAPPY BELATED BELTANE!
It is a glorious spring weekend in Portland, OR. Here are some ways to make the best of it!
1. INDULGE IN A PERSONAL RITUAL
Beltane was celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Mann. It occurs between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, marking the transitional time of year when everything is being reborn. Special attention was paid to protecting crops and cattle in order to promote growth for the coming year’s harvest. In order to direct intention to the destruction of the old and initiation of the new, people doused the fires in their homes and re-lit them from the ceremonial Beltane fire. Create your own ritual and bring new light into your life.
We often spend so much time treating everything in life as work that we forget to play. Try taking an exercise class that is way too much fun to be considered a chore (Aerial Yoga! Muay Thai! Natural Movement! ), or just run around and play tag!
3. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET
The farmer’s market at PSU was full of hustle and bustle this morning, with wonderful smells wafting from the temporary food stalls and modern troubadours playing at every corner. And, of course, the amazing localorganiceverythingwondeful food!
4. SPRING CLEANING
Because do you really need all of that junk in your attic/basement/garage/kitchen table? You’ll feel better after, I promise.
5. GREET MOTHER NATURE
She misses you, worries when you don’t call, and always welcomes you with open arms when you come home. Go to the park, explore your local trails, or sit around outside and soak in some plentiful Vitamin D from its most natural source.
6. TRY A NEW SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Fresh fruits and veggies are at there best. Blend some together and experiment with surprising combinations. Kris Carr has some great recipes if you need inspiration.
7. PLANT FLOWERS
Get dirt under your fingernails, wear a crazy straw hat, and take pride when you see those delicate green buds flourish into beautiful blooms.
8. EXPLORE A DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOOD
When we live in well-designed cities where the grocery store is just a few blocks away and our favorite cafe is across from our favorite restaurant, it can be easy to get stuck in friendly habits. Go somewhere in your city that you haven’t thought to visit. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you find!
9. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
Call that old friend that you haven’t seen in a year. Play catch with your kids. Have dinner with your family. Go out with your friends. Enjoy the things that matter most in life.
10. START SOMETHING NEW
Beltane is filled with images of fertility, not just to represent the literal interpretation, but also to symbolize creation in general. This is the perfect time to start a new project or try something you’ve never tried before, even if (especially if) the idea scares you.
Balance, Joy, and Wisdom,