I just wrapped up an incredible experience with an amazing group of women who were beta-testers in the first secret launch of the Embracing Shakti Movement – a 13 Day Journey celebrating Shakti. This experience asked them to carve out 10 minutes a day from their lives to devote to themselves, their bodies, feelings and exploration of their Shakti, the energy of the divine feminine.

Some of these women were new mothers, mothers of multiple children, busy career women, and all of them recognizing the importance of taking even a few precious moments in their life just for them. But it wasn’t easy.

If you are like me, your days are filled with continual movement: mental planning and worrying, habitual talking, fixing, adjusting, solving, phoning, snacking, discarding, buying, and countless other ‘doings’. It is rare that consciously remove ourselves from autopilot.  

What if we were to intentionally stop our mental processing and continual busy-ness for a minute or two, and simply pause, drop in and notice our inner experience?

In 2 days, it will be the Winter Solstice. The word solstice comes from two Latin words meaning ‘sun’ and ‘stoppage’ – this will be the day that the sun stops moving South and reaches its lowest point of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Cosmically there is a momentary pause as the Sun stays in a fixed position for a period of 2-3 days and before rising a fraction once again on December 25th. A suspension between the solar inhalation and exhalation. 

It is a reminder and an opportunity for a sacred pause in our own lives to embrace stillness and inward reflection. It can be as simple as taking 10 conscious breaths. Slow, soft, gentle breaths in. Slow, soft gentle breaths out. 

Notice if you also feel called to construct a ceremony that authentically speaks to your appreciation of all that is. To really drop into the collective spirit of humanity, and honour all that nourishes us – the oceans, the air, the trees, the four-legged, two-legged, and winged. This is a time where all expressions of love are revered and appreciated. 

And to heighten your experience, the full moon on December 22 joins the supergiant red star Betelgeuse in Orion – which is associated with great power, honour and wealth. So, follow your intuition and be open-minded about any unexpected opportunities that arise. New people or even a new attitude could lead to pleasant surprises with your career, finances or relationships this Christmas.

This is a great moment for all of us. Honour it. Make time to commune with great mother, great father, and the life that breathes us all.

In so much gratitude for you!

love & pranams,

carla