20 June 2012

Summer Solstice Sesshin

Today is the solstice, and tonight we start a four-day sesshin.

It's at this point, in the ancient Chinese reckoning, that a yin line is added to the hexagram.  From this point on, for the next six months or so, the light fades, receptivity sets in, the hustle and frenzy of the growing and breeding time eases into the nurturing and the tending and – if all goes well – the harvesting. 

Still, for the moment, all is in its fullness, the sun is high in the sky, and everything is in plain sight. 


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