Summer’s abundance makes me feel so alive. I walk through a field of grass and see little bugs hopping around everywhere. I walk through a forest and I hear birds singing as a choir. I see vetch blooming purple. I see St. John’s Wort blooming yellow and as I go to touch it, it stains my fingers brown.
Summer is abundant. In North America, in Prince George, it is a time where we can easily forget the rain of Spring, the coldness of Winter, and the falling leaves of Autumn. Instead, it’s green everywhere. Water is warm enough to get in to, and I want to get in to it because it’s warm everywhere!
I notice new growth on the tips of old growth, I see green poking through the brown I once knew, and my regular paths through the forest are nearly exploding from the sides with foliage!
Oh, Summer, what abundance you do bring.
Today is the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule. On this day the tilt of the Earth’s semi-axis is furthest away from the Sun, creating the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This is a sacred day that predates Christmas by thousands of years, and is the day where we welcome the merging of the darkest time of the year and the emergence into the newborn light. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin solstitium, meaning “point at which the sun stands still.”
If you are like me, you may find that you tend to move hastily through life – from one thing to the next, one project to the next, one year to the next and so on. And in this haste we can so easily neglect the empty moments in between.
We forget the pause, the empty space between tasks, or even the empty space between thoughts. But today, when the sun stands still, we are reminded to not overlook the pause, but to savour it.
Despite living in a modern world, deep in your consciousness may be an ancestral memory, a part of your spiritual DNA, that still senses the cosmic significance of this day.
Take a moment to imagine that this celestial pause becomes an opening, a sacred portal. An opportunity to witness all the parts of ourselves that may have been in the shadows over the past 6 months, or longer. The thoughts, beliefs, emotions that are longing to be heard, seen, felt and realized within. Feel deep in your bones that you are exactly right just as you are. True consciousness comes from embracing both the darkness and the light.
Today the mystical forces of transformation are deeply present. I invite you to accompany me in creating space on the darkest day of the year to pause. Light a candle, write a few notes in your journal, close your eyes and breathe deeply, step into the sacred cosmic portal. Give yourself space to simply be still.
Won’t you join me?
love & pranams,