Happy Winter Solstice. Intentions and Welcoming the Light.

The Winter Solstice: The longest night. The shortest light.

Time to celebrate the rhythms and intentions of life.

Why are we so resistant to the darkness?  To the quiet?  Is it because we have something to fear?  
Isn’t the lotus in all its beauty and majesty born from the murky darkness?  Aren’t we created in the womb of darkness?  Isn’t it the knowing of the dark that lets us adore the light?
In general, our very nature adores the light and resists the darkness – yet we recharge when at rest.  What a beautiful time of year to open to appreciate the darkness in a new way.  On this solstice day – could we choose to be more quiet and appreciate nature at rest?  It works hard all spring and summer.  Let’s learn from nature: Our bodies and mind need a time to rest and renew as well.
So when the sunsets and the moon rises tonight (or in the days to come), perhaps take out a fresh sheet of paper.  Use the darkness to uncover and knit some wonder into the coming season with these questions in mind.

for reflection: 

What has been important for you in the previous year?
What lessons have you (l)earned?
What developments have been seeking your attention?
What’s brewing in you?

to create space: 

What do you need to let go of?
What do you want to leave behind?
Is there something you need to put on a shelf for now to dust off at a later date?

for growth and creativity: 

What is most important for you?
How do you want to feel?
What do you want to happen?
What do you want to achieve?
What project do you want to nourish?

To your health and happiness in the new year.

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