June is the month of the "honey" moon. Custom holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives. In some ... honey ... love and ... During the first month of marr
June is the month of the "honey" moon. Custom holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives. In some traditions, honey symbolizes love and fertility. During the first month of married life, newlyweds were given food and beverages containing honey to encourage love and fertility. Today, we honor this tradition with the "honeymoon", which is celebrated immediately after the wedding ceremony.
Newlyweds or not, we could all benefit from more of this golden elixir in celebration of life and love. Try adding some to your tea or toast this month or give jars of it away to your friends, family, newlywed couples or anyone that could use a little sweetness in their life.
I think that we all need reminders, from time to time, that there is a greater purpose to our lives than working 50-60 hours a week (or more) to pay the bills. I believe that given the choice most people really want to live according to their priorities. However, when reviewing where their time is spent it is often out of alignment with what is important to them.
One reason I think that many continue to live out of integrity, with their priorities, is that we have been hypnotized by our culture to believe that this is "just the way it is," "we have to," or "we can't." We no longer feel we have control over our time or, the right to make decisions based on what is important to us. It takes courage to be conscious of our choices and to take action to bring our lives back into integrity. After all, we may risk people not liking us. We may even risk losing a job if we tell our employers that we can no longer sacrifice ourselves to work. Still, there are many people who have paid a high price in lost families and loved ones because they were too busy making a living and not living a life.
It is not easy to change the course you have been on. I can tell you from experience that, for most people, just the thought alone is really scary. Fortunately, there are many people who have opted out of the work-centered life and who are now on a path to living more wholly and authentically; expanding the definition of a job to encompass their whole lives as well. You may have even come across a few in your travels. They appear more alive, their shoulders are relaxed, there is life in their eyes and they smile easily.
Perhaps they are eating more often from the jar of honey.