Now is the tipping point of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, where we move into lighter and longer days. John O‘Donohue talks in his book Anam Cara of the dark being the birth point of the light.
In darker times we hunger for the light more strongly. We need to trust that although we cannot sense the strength of the sun, that it is there. And that we have an invincible invisible strength and light within our selves and in our cells to pull us through.
Our faith in life and love ever gets tested in the dark moments. These moments where the sky seems to close in around us.
And in those very moments of the dark unknown can we stay steady through our fear, be truly open to what is and wait for the light to return?
The world around us is currently desperately crying for help. We are in global crisis and are surrounded more than ever by war, illness, disease, addictions, human, plant and animal exploitation, poverty, crime and pain.
How do we meet this dark place? It's daunting, and we are in the unknown for sure.
I believe that in this time we need to buckle down and amp up our nourishing practices - e.g. yoga / meditation / journalling / being in nature / sharing our truth / making beauty - so that we can love ever more fiercely and start to face up to what us humans are doing to the world, how we are hurting each other and causing grief to ourselves.
On this (literally) dark and powerful day where the sun stands still - what do you wish for yourself and for this planet?
Winter solstice is the birthing time, to plant seeds of intention into what we truly deeply desire.
This conscious way of living and being is not always easy, we get challenged as we see more clearly (all the things we have been avoiding until now) but if more of us can see and feel and be present and kind to each other and to this planet, we can only be creating a more beautiful vibrant, harmonious and positive place.
My recommendation for this solstice day is to go to somewhere in nature, and listen, listen deep to what she says to you. Even (and perhaps especially) if it is dark and cold outside. Offer your thanks and your intentions to her.
I'll see you out there.
extract from December newsletter 2017