Saturday was February 29th – Leap Day 2020! Leap years are years where an extra day is added to the end of the shortest month, February. Leap years have 366 days instead of the usual 365 days and occur almost every four years.
Why you ask?
According to TimeandDate.com, ” Leap days keep our modern-day Gregorian calendar in alignment with Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. It takes Earth approximately 365.242189 days, or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds, to circle once around the Sun. This is called a tropical year, and it starts on the March equinox.
However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year. If we didn’t add a leap day on February 29 almost every four years, each calendar year would begin about 6 hours before the Earth completes its revolution around the Sun.
As a consequence, our time reckoning would slowly drift apart from the tropical year and get increasingly out of sync with the seasons. With a deviation of approximately 6 hours per year, the seasons would shift by about 24 calendar days within 100 years. Allow this to happen for a while, and Northern Hemisphere dwellers will be celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer in a matter of a few centuries.
Leap days fix that error by giving Earth the additional time it needs to complete a full circle around the Sun.”
So we become once again in sync with the Universe!
How incredible. And what an invaluable lesson of the importance of being in sync, in harmony and in balance.
In the past I never really focused on this extra day. However today, I find myself reflecting on the impact it makes. It could also have something to do with how out of sync I felt this past week with all that is going on in the world: political unease and frustration, the increase and spread of the coronavirus, the stock market dive. So much negative news, alerts, disruption and concern. It is not business as usual. As much as I try and stay detached, I became absorbed in the frenzy. I felt not in control but impacted by it all. What was I really suppose to do?
How do you feel today?
I encourage you to take time to calm yourself, put things into perspective, focus on what you can control. I intend to go on a long run and hike with my husband to recharge and renew. Being out in nature is so healthy and vital for my well being. I am grateful to live in a beach community – surrounded and comforted by the ocean, the beaches, the bluffs, the seagulls, the pelicans, the wild flowers, the waves crashing. I will take time to renew my spirit, focus on the positive, be aware of outer circumstances and protect myself. I give thanks for being alive and well, feeling gratitude and appreciation. And I send out thoughts of Healing Love, Compassion, and Empathy.
Whatever your source of getting in sync – do it! Embrace this Leap Year and reset your balance.
With Light and Love,