This month, I am participating in a rather LARGE blogging challenge which involves writing a series of 26 posts – one for each letter of the alphabet – based around a theme. My theme is about nature and all its amazing features. The Tao Te Ching speaks often of nature and then patterns of nature are where the I Ching gets its roots.
So, today is all about Fire.
Fire is rarely taken lightly. It demands respect. Our sun, the biggest ball of fire we know, gives us life. Without it, we would freeze up and die. Distant stars like our sun are the only visible evidence we have of the millions of galaxies that burn across the vast distances of space. Every evening when we look up into the sky, we see stars that have been there for our entire lifetime and for thousands of years before we even existed. Fire is eternal.
Down here on earth, fires cook our meals, heat our homes and fuel our cars to get us from A to Z. Fire even makes our water hot so that we can enjoy a delicious shower each morning.
Fire can also be destructive. It can quickly get out of control and it reminds us that we are fragile and easily overtaken by Mother Nature, if she so chooses. The fire in our hearts can be destructive too, as we argue passionately with our loved ones. We need to learn to tame our fires, both emotionally and literally.
To me, one of the great joys of spending time in nature is to have a bonfire when we go camping. We almost always make s’mores and cook something over the fire. This practice of sitting over a campfire is an ancient practice. There is something so cathartic about it. We love to tell stories and laugh. Sometimes we just sit and watch the flames.
So how about you? What does fire bring to mind for you? Tell us about it in the comments.
This post is part of a series called the A to Z Blogging Challenge, taking place during the month of April 2016. Each day is a new letter throughout the month. My theme this month is NATURE. To view other bloggers writing about this alphabet, check out the list here.
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