At first feeling regretful not to join the banquet on time, but then something shifted in us. As we walked and talked about the new year and the new moon, we realised a difference in our connection to each of these occurrences.
How arbitrary the calendar new year was, the human calendar placed over nature (chronos time). Opposed to the new moon and following nature's calendar, doing things when they feel right (Kairos time). The new and full moon (新月 満月), the summer and winter solstice (夏至 冬至) full of universal mystery and intrinsic to our active life outdoors.
Deep inside we feel this to be true, but are all too busy to pay any attention the subtle changes in nature. We can’t see the wood for the trees, but hiking that early morning was like walking into a clearing of the mind. We could see our activities as a whole and understand the full meaning of Outdoors With Love (•O•W•L•).