2015年5月21日 星期四

Solar Term: grain full (小滿)

小朋友,夏季的第二個節氣是「小滿」。這時候,在中國大陸黃河流域一帶因積雪融化,前一年種植的「冬小麥」麥苗受到灌溉,慢慢的結穗、飽滿,農夫們這時開始期待著豐收的季節來臨,所以把這個時節稱為「小滿」。此時,台灣中南部的水稻已進入了黃熟期,由於適逢梅雨季,所以要特別注意排水溝渠的疏通,減少梅雨季大量雨水所可能帶來的農作損失。
Grain full is the second solar term of the summer. In China, the snow around the yellow river melts, watering the grains, as the grains begin to fill out. Farmers begin to look forwards to the harvest, thus the name grain full. 
Because it has already entered summer, weather becomes increasingly hot, the days are longer, and water activity begins. 
Before you rush out with your swim suits, remember to start the day with some meditation! 
The Chan Master has said before, solar terms are a time when energy is undergoing change between the heavens and the earth, a perfect time to meditate.