dailybell: Happy 2016- the 9th year begins!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy 2016- the 9th year begins!

Ringing in the New Year! (from summer solstice sunset bell ringing at Chapel of the Chimes)

The dailybell project/practice has been quietly amazing- despite the bells.

Each New Year's Eve, I have decided to recommit to the daily observation of the sunrise and sunset, and this year is no different. The original premise- that it is possible to affirm our connection to one another and to the natural through participation in a shared, elemental experience hasn't changed.

However, as each new year dawns, I like to come up with a different way to share the project. 2016 is a leap year, as was 2008 when the project began. It seems mildly auspicious and a good excuse to propose something major.

SO--Would you consider a daily practice of sunrise and/or sunset watching yourself? 

There are only 2 things you need-
   1. Keep this link handy
   2. Remember to stop for a minute or so when the time comes.

There are many ways to go about it. Quietly as a personal practice. Invite friends (and strangers) to join you. In public or privately.

Eight years may sound like a long time, but as far as the dailybell goes, it's been oddly timeless.

Finally, for anyone who is interested in participating but doesn't want to commit to a daily practice, I am setting up a monthly calendar on this blog and on the dailybell sunwatch FB page. Each month, I will issue a different challenge/invitation for observing the sunrise/sunset that you might enjoy performing.

Happy New Year! Brenda

PS- Here's a photo from the first sunrise at the beginning of the project on Jan 1, 2008

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