It’s been a fully packed and fun filled last several days with Lynne Day “in da house,” but wanted to send out some Easter wishes of renewal, creativity, and cosmic expansion. Between the back-to-back Sedona and friend visit here in Tahoe, it’s really felt like a celebration of Spring, joy, and inspiration. I know not everyone is experiencing the openings and flow, but within every experience is opportunity for us to embrace and make new choices.
It’s not that I don’t come up against challenges or have a lot of contrasting things come up around me, but it’s my approach to life, the inner peace I’ve found, understanding things from a bigger picture perspective, and having put to practice a process that is now natural, that enables me to be in the experience and reality of my own choosing without being thrown off my balance.
Anyway, I don’t intend this to be a long blog, but did want to reshare this post on Easter and rabbits for anyone interested and open to exploring more:
And I also wanted to briefly share the joyous and inspiring energy from the last few days of Lynne’s visit, which although was only 2 1/2 days, was quite rich and packed in a bunch.
We got to experience a lot, which included belly laughs until we literally cried and cried, shenanigans galore (or as Lynne calls them, bananigans), good food, good conversation, lots of nature time and exercise (Lynne and I would go out on a hike before lunch, then again with Dave after lunch, outdoor music and food, play time with the kitties, a bald eagle sighting and connection (her spirit animal), lots of goose fun, tons of discoveries and treasures, both snow days and sunshiny warm and crystalline still days, a sound bath by me with my crystal bowls, and yes, banana time! (For more background on the “bananas” please visit the link on Lynne’s name at the beginning).
On our last day banana we decided to seal our banana relationship once and for all with a little ceremony and activation all choreographed by us, directed and inspired by Lynne, and executed solely by us. You’ll see some of the photos below of the “nuptials” and celebrations….the banana adventures have just begun!
(Photo disclaimer: It has to be mentioned that these shots were all taken solely by us bananas…yes, even the panorama shots of us at both ends was intricately directed by Lynne and executed by us where one of us would start out in position while the other started the panoramic filming…then once out of lens would run and take over camera duties while the other ran into position in time to be in the shot. Lol!! And we did them in one take!!!!)
If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook, I’ve already posted our journey there, so I’ll just share some of the photos here to hopefully infuse some lightness, laughter, and love in your day.
As truly, that is what matters the most.
How much you can find the humor in things, enjoy what there IS, take things lightly, and feel the love constantly flowing through you.
After the “nuptials” we met Dave for another outdoor, live music lunch before Lynne flew off.
My parents then gave us a surprise visit a few hours after Lynne left.
Isn’t my mom adorable? She posed this way herself with two pine cones (one she found and one I found for her – both she was taking home). As above, so below….A true Faery!
We took them on a walk along the Lake, which gifted us all this, which I’m sharing with you and hope it brings all things full circle, as I’ve been seeing in my own life with everything.
An excerpt from my April Newsletter – you can sign up to receive these monthly inspirations and updates here: Tania’s Monthly Newsletters
Easter has Pagan origins that bring to light a deeper understanding of its meaning. Easter is connected to the Anglo-Saxon Pagan goddess Eostre (or Ostara), but was originally the celebration of Ishtar (pronounced “Easter”), the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love, procreation, sexuality, fertility, and war. The dyed “cosmic” eggs were both “sacred Easter offerings in Egypt,” as well as are connected to the “mystic egg” that hatched Ishtar.
As N.S. Gill shares in The Eostre Hares and Pagan Easter:
“An Anglo-Saxon goddess named Eostre may have had hares as attendants. If so, the hares may have held her lights, since Eostre was the goddess of Dawn, like Eos (Greek) and Aurora (Latin). The month of April was, among the Anglo-Saxons, called Eostur-monath, and during Eostur-monath, a festival was held to Eostre. This festival has, at least in name, been taken over by the Christian spring festival Easter. If Eostre did indeed have hares as companions, the association of Easter and Easter bunnies is an ancient one.”
“….Traditionally, the Easter Bunny, actually a Hare, was said to lay eggs at Easter. This concept is of course very strange to our factual minds, but taken symbolically, the Egg is not only Potential, but it also represents the Cosmos, the very ground of Being from which we spring-no pun intended! One only need think about the Cosmic Egg and the Druid’s Egg to begin to get the full scope of this meaning. No wonder then that the Hare was at one time considered both male and female. To produce the cosmos, both must be present….
….Overall the Hare is a symbol of many things, all involving balance, Life, creative potency, regeneration, fertility, and eternity. This symbolism manifests in associations with Springtime, the Dawn, the Moon and Sacred Fire, the Egg, the Circle and Infinity symbol, Marriage, Androgyny and Hermaphroditism, as well as Madness, Genius and Inspiration (which seem to go hand in hand)….”
So let’s embrace our innocence and experience life directly and clearly as it is in the delight of this moment. Let go of how things should be and enjoy what is. Imagine and then actualize your creative inspirations.
Easter is also a time when a lot of people, unfortunately, give baby bunnies as gifts to their children and without full understanding of the commitment and special care these precious and extremely sensitive living beings need. Because of this Easter carries varying feelings for me in terms of rabbits, knowing that it’s an especially high time of year for this to take place – a time when rabbits may be seen more as a novelty, later neglected, forgotten, mistreated, and even euthanized.
If you are guided to get a rabbit at this time or any time, please do your research or ask rabbit experts, your local rabbit rescue/shelter, or even message me with your questions.
If you decide to bring home a bunny after thorough research and understanding your commitment to this life-long partnership with him or her, then please adopt from your local shelter or rescue. Rabbits are the third most euthanized animals and there are many in need of homes and love from responsible souls.
The rabbits and I thank you greatly.
Reverence for Rabbits & All Living Creatures – The Greatest Gift at Easter is Sharing the Heart of Compassion
Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet. ~Marc Bekoff
Most people know that I am a huge animal lover and that my life is driven by living in reverence to all of life and in loving compassion to all creatures, great and small. You may also know that I have a special place in my heart for rabbits.
A few nights ago I was sharing about my connection with rabbits, as I was reflecting on Easter time and how rabbits are such a huge symbol of this day and Spring, but also experience the sad results of it.
I find it quite profound that rabbits are the brunt end of so much violence and sadness, as they are killed for their fur, for their meat as food, are one of the animals hugely experimented on and tortured for “science” and for things such as cosmetics, are the third most euthanized animals after dogs and cats, end up abandoned, in shelters, or let loose in the wild unable to fend for themselves after their “cuteness” wears off (Easter time especially), or die short lives because of people not being educated on proper rabbit care and their delicate physiology. The majority of veterinarians are not even educated to treat them properly (a fact, as well as something I experienced with my rabbits). Rabbits are simply widely misunderstood because they take intuitive care and attention since they haven’t a voice like other animals that can meow or bark, are generally more docile and easily over-powered, and will simply retreat when something is wrong.
I cherish all animals and communicate with them daily, but for whatever reason since I was young, rabbits have been one of the amazing beings on this Earth that I have a special bond with and that I feel to be a voice for.
Every Easter, I sponsor a rabbit, or two, from the shelter where my bunny love, Joy Julianna, and I connected. This year I was instantly drawn to one bunny that stole my heart and I’ve been thinking of her ever since laying my eyes upon her photos.
Her name is Tej and she is a special needs bunny. I do not know her story, of how she came to be as you see her, but I have put in an inquiry to the shelter to find out more about her and her condition. I cried the instant I saw her, and felt such a bond with her. If she can’t be with me physically, I’ll be supporting her as I can energetically and in sponsorship.
If these dear ones call to your heart, perhaps you might help with a small donation, fostering, home, volunteering, or at least help to educate others that rabbits are not objects of amusement, but tender and intelligent beings that deserve our love.
Or, at the least, when thinking about Easter today and what to share with your children, share the heart of compassion and reverence for all living beings and for the beauty of living in harmony with Nature. This will have great impact for all beings that walk this Earth with us.
Here’s a good article on reasons NOT to give a rabbit as an Easter gift:
Let us deepen the reach of our hearts to extend to all beings gifting our lives with their precious souls.