We discovered last weekend that the second of our three bee colonies had died out. When the queen bee either leaves the hive or dies, the colony will collapse, unless there is a new queen ready to be hatched. Alas, with winter approaching there is no new bee making, and so the colony runs its natural course and dies.
I feel quite sad about it, and also realize it is nature’s way. The average worker bee only lives 35 days, while the queen can live for years. During the winter, their metabolism slows down as the workers surround the queen to keep her warm. That’s what’s happening in the other two hives right now.
In Spring we will take a queen cell from an other hive, and start a new colony.
What a valuable lesson to be present in the highs and lows of life. It brought to mind an earlier post:
Being a bee keeper is a mindfulness practice.
Respect this space.
Be open to the unknown.
Respect those around me.
(Even when they are busy busy busy and I have no clue what they are doing)
There is an intelligence here that I cannot fathom.
I may not understand but I trust in nature.
Breathe easily into each moment as it unfolds.
Notice what comes up.
Give it space.
Let it bee.
We can bring mindfulness into all sorts of routine behaviors and actions in our daily lives. There’s no need to sit meditating or roll out a yoga mat to find your Middle Ground.
Take a moment to consider the mindful moments of your day. When you feel connected with yourself and the world around you. When you are truly present to all that is happening around you and within you.
It’s natures way of beeing.