As both Canada Day and the 4th July are this week, I decided to take a look at the origin of these two holidays.
Canada Day, July 1st, marks the anniversary of the Constitution Act in 1867, which effectively united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada (today Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. It was however only in 1982 that the Constitution Act was passed making Canada a fully fledged nation independent from Britain.
July 4th, commemorates the Declaration of Independence which was adopted by the Continental Congress at the Pennsylvania State House in the midst of the Revolutionary War, in 1776. It wasn’t until 1783 that the colonies won true independence from Britain.
As I sit here in the middle of 2020, I reflect not only on how far we have come since then, but also how much still needs to be improved on.
Self-isolation and requirements to stay at home as much as possible, has had me ruminating on what my contribution could be. The changes to my routine have afforded me more time to meditate and be introspective, Time to consider what part I could play in helping the world move forward. I’m used to having an action plan, and a list to tick the items off on. But that won’t work this time. I am reminded that for some, their job is to simply be a witness and hold a sacred space. To send out kindness, love, and support to those who are called to act right now. I am finding that, while holding a sacred space can be challenging for me at times, it also brings with it many rewards.
I have decided to spend some quiet time each day with an appropriate essential oils blend.
My blog Canada Day in Essential Oils describes how I created a Canada Day synergy using the principles of Spritual PhytoEssencing when choosing the oils to include and why. I have not gone through the steps of creating a similar blend based on SPE for the 4th of July, so the blend I use for this day is a party type blend.
- First, I will sit quietly with my blend and close my eyes.
- Then, I will allow the aroma of the blend to envelope me as I take some time to reflect on how my life is different now.
- When I am ready to move forward, I will acknowledge that nothing in life stands still and that change is always inevitable. Usually they are small changes, but this is a time of big change and I will try and find my way into accepting these changes, as well as the fact that I don’t know where they will end.
- Once again when I am ready to move forward, I will take some time to give thanks for the many blessings that I do have in my life right now. And on the wings of that gratitude I can let go and just be.
I wish all of you in Canada, a very Happy Canada Day, and those of you down South Happy 4th July!