This weekend is the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year - which brings the return of the sun & longer days again!
In Yogic lore, the half of the year while the days are lengthening is felt to be more conducive to spiritual progress. In local Native American lore (Chumash culture), this is a time to recognize the the sun as the source of our life here on earth. For the Chumash this is a time of reconciling our relationships & our debts. I would like to offer us this possibility:
Sunday (12/22): All are invited to walk the "Mountains to the Sea Trail & Bikeway" together. Let us make 2020 The Year of Action. We all know of the climate crisis. So, let us begin taking steps to manifest solutions. Of the several dimensions that must be addressed to successfully reverse the present situation, one thing that must change is our perception of & relationship with mother nature. This walk offers us a tangible way to realize that nature exists right here in our urban environment, and this urban environment also must flourish. Mountains to the Sea Trail & Bikeway runs along the San Diego creek which flows through Irvine and becomes the Newport Beach Back Bay. It is my wish that everyone sees nature everywhere - not just outside the cities in State Parks - but right here beneath our feet. If we allow it to rise up, how amazed we will be to see its unsurpassable regenerative force.
When & Where: Sunday, 12/22, 10:00 am, at Ralphs Grocery store - corner of Main St & Harvard Ave [https://goo.gl/maps/GdLvud6z6tzQuia66]. From here it is a just a block to the trail & bikeway. We will walk about 6 miles down to the Back Bay Science Center [https://goo.gl/maps/sUvUabjkaiXEwaeK8]. It is a mostly flat walk on paved terrain.