After Augustus defeated Cleopatra and Mark Anthony and became
Emperor of Rome, the Roman Senate named a month after him- August. The word
august means important, significant, noble. Paradoxically with such grand
definitions this is a seemingly vague month, with no significant holidays or
events to characterize it. Further, August is when most people are heat
weary and yearning for the cooler days that fall will bring.
But when we look beyond the inertia of the hot weather
this month brings, we notice subtle activities going on around us. Many
plants have flowered and produced their seeds while others, such as poppies
and gladiolas, are just moving into their glory. Birds and animals have
reared and released their young and it seems as if the earth pauses, waiting
for the shortening days that will soon move nature into the transitions of
August reminds us that there are quiet times, when
important and significant changes are happening below our awareness. These
are the moments when we, like the earth, can pause, be still, and sense the
rolling motion of time.