Friday, December 23, 2011

The Winter Solstice

Paper Lantern made by Nici
On Wednesday Robin, Nici and I went to the Winter Solstice celebration. They have a lantern procession from Vanier park to Granville Island held annually here in Vancouver. Its really amazing to celebrate such an ancient event which has such a real and visible significance in the natural world. Our ancestors and animals still today are surely more in touch with the natural reality of life and understand the importance of the return of the sun. Robin said as we were walking "This event being grounded in the real world has so much more significance than a holiday like Christmas which has been so corrupted by capitalism and consumerism" and I agree. The Native American drumming and dancing was definitely the highlight of the evening for me. Like many others I have always been fascinated with Native American culture and have rarely had the opportunity to witness it in real life. Which is a shame because it is such a rich and important culture with much to teach us modern city folk who have forgot how to live on this earth.

Celebrating this festival has awoken in me a realization that we are so out of touch with this earth that we live on. We are so spiritually and mentally detached from the earth, from each other and therefore from ourselves. We no longer know seasons, we no longer plant anything, we are detached from the reality that we rely on to survive. We don't see our place amongst all the other species on earth, we think we are different but we are not. I don't have all the answers as to how we can even begin to rebuild our connection with the earth with reality but I hope humankind is destined to retrace its history and rediscover that which is most important. Life in balance with the earth, if we are to survive on it, we must understand it and live according to its rules.

1 comment:

  1. Marty, your words, images and video distill the spirit of the occasion wonderfully. Gorgeous and resonant! Thank you!