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Winter Solstice 2020

The darkest day of the year is tomorrow. Monday, December 21st. 

The Winter Solstice.

I get so busy during the holidays I forget that winter is a time to rest. A time to reflect on my connection to the earth and the universe.

A time to nourish my inner sun. To feed my inner light.

Ancient cultures all over the world imagined that the mid-winter sun needed our conscious help in order to bring back the light.

We have the power to inspire this spark of life.

The winter solstice may be the darkest day of the year but it is also the day the light begins to return.

This Monday I want to start a new tradition. In gratitude to the light.

I could light a candle, say a prayer, and find a song to sing in order to help bring back the light. On Tuesday morning I could cuddle up with warm tea and a cozy blanket by the window to watch the light return. 

Winter's Cloak by Joyce Rupp

This year I do not want 

the dark to leave me. 

I need its wrap 

of silent stillness, 

its cloak 

of long lasting embrace. 

Too much light 

has pulled me away 

from the chamber 

of gestation. 


Let the dawns 

come late, 

let the sunsets 

arrive early, 

let the evenings 

extend themselves 

while I lean into 

the abyss of my being. 


Let me lie in the cave 

of my soul, 

for too much light 

blinds me, 

steals the source 

of revelation. 


Let me seek solace 

in the empty places 

of winter’s passage, 

those vast dark nights 

that never fail to shelter me.

Happy Solstice, 

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