(Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Off-Balanced – 3b: Into a state of surprise from the unexpected
Poza Honda Ecuador – Four times each year, the alignments of the earth and sun prompt me to reserve the day – or strategic hours – to observe the sun’s placement. These dates are more important to me than the first day of the new year.
Being attentive to the subtle rhythms and movements of our planet reminds me of how things change yet remain the same. It also reminds me of the importance of our planet, our own lives, and our responsibility to be good stewards of this amazing planet. In many areas, we are failing in the latter category.
In today’s quickly-changing world, it’s comforting to confirm that the sun is directly overhead at high noon during the March and September equinox dates. Just like a precisely-tuned clock, the sun continues its daily march until it reaches its June or December solstice date, pauses, then begins back-tracking toward the other hemisphere. Only twice a year does it visit the same spot, and I enjoy confirming that some things remain the same – no matter what else is happening on our planet!
Those noon shadows teach easy lessons, especially when someone asks, ‘Isn’t it always in the same place?”
“No,” I smile, and demonstrate the natural rhythms between our sun and planet.
The solar calendar at Casa Loca often puzzled first-time visitors, until they witnessed the sun’s ever-changing position on the western horizon.
This past week Melissa dropped in for a visit where I now live at Poza Honda. After swapping a few stories, she grew serious and gestured to the floor and asked what was the significance of the items on the floor. I had forgotten about the floor! Continue reading