This last week, I was helping my son type up his book report of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and it got me to contemplating the many ways in which heat affects our lives, in both positive and negative ways.
The vernal equinox occurs this week, reminding us both of our desire for heat and the need to find balance with it.
Here in the Chicago area, most of us are craving more heat. It’s been a long, cold winter. This appears to be a week where we might actually see spring-like conditions, with warmer temperatures and no snow in the forecast.
I was also reminded last week that on the whole our world has been getting too hot. Certain aspects of our modern way of life are putting us in danger of mass extinctions on the scale that happened when the dinosaurs walked the earth. We have options to lower the heat in our planet, if we take seriously the need to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Too much heat, which can also be called yang energy has created a lack of balance both literally and figuratively. In our daily lives we can find ourselves in situations that are overheated. People, organizations, communities, businesses, and countries can overvalue the drive for success, the powerful among us who rise to positions of prominence, and a driven way of life.
Never has it been more important to keep heat in balance. And it is a challenging thing to do. Most of us encounter situations, at one time or another, that have become too hot to handle.
There is a need for cooling in our planet and in our selves. Fortunately, many people are recognizing the need to move into balance. Heat is good, when we have it in the right balance.
This week’s contemplation:
What is the right amount of heat in your life this week?