This is a lovely way to look at the Winter Solstice.
I’m really enjoying this book written by two ministers with the Centers for Spiritual Living.
December 21 Winter Solstice
There have been celebrations around the winter solstice since people began watching the sky. Man has lived in touch with the rhythm of the cycles of life since we first walked this earth. The realization that the darkest of times has ended and the light of possibilities is returning has always been worth celebrating. The winter solstice for the northern hemisphere happens exactly when the axial tilt of Earth’s North Pole is farthest away from the sun. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun’s maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest. It’s interesting to note that Julius Caesar in 46 BCE declared December 25 as the date of the winter solstice for Europe when it is usually between December 21 and 23.
Meditation upon an astronomical event has a way of opening your soul to the ritualistic happening stored in the collective subconscious of those who have gone before you. The realization that the ebb of difficulty has reached its lowest point and is now turning brings the potential of leaving anxiety behind. If all the light were to return in a flash, you would be blinded, which is why enlightenment is a gradual unfoldment and becoming. When you come to trust that the challenge or mess you’ve found yourself in has begun to straighten itself out, you just might find yourself wanting to light a candle and celebrate.
Reflection: What do you want to let go of, in the outgoing tide, so you can celebrate the return of your good into the now-available space?
Affirmation: I celebrate the return of my greater good!