Remember with me for a moment what it was like for our ancestors, for some of us, even as close as our great-great grandparents…
As the Autumn passed, the days grew darker and darker.
After the harvest celebrations and the fields gone fallow, people cozied up together, sharing the warmth and the light of fire as the darkness grew deeper every day. They structured their lives around the light, sleeping when it was dark, up to 12 hours or more per night.
At the peak of darkness, when it seemed like its reign would never lose its grip, the people started to notice that, slowly but surely, the days were beginning to grow lighter again. They ventured out earlier and stayed out later…
The return of the light meant the return of life–of days warming, of plants starting to grow again, of animals mating and giving birth…
It’s no wonder that this season, regardless of which
religious celebration you participate in, is all about
waiting for and celebrating the return of the light.
This natural seasonal rhythm is built into our genes, passed down through thousands of years of biological, ancestral memory.
We celebrate that there is always a new spark of light–birthed right in the middle of the darkest of days.
We celebrate that there is always an end to the depth of darkness.
We celebrate that there is always the light that returns again, bringing with it new growth and new life.
What new sparks of light within do you want to tend?
What new ways is your soul asking you to grow–to
open, to melt, to become more whole in the New Year?
Before we can nurture the new light, we have to first get clear on what we want–we must dream, vision, and imagine the life we want to live!
That’s what this dark time is meant for.
We sleep, we rest, we become more receptive to the life, the light that wants to live through us with practice, introspection, contemplation, meditation, prayer…
I have a perfect practice opportunity for you, one
that will support your sacred dreaming and visioning time.
Create space in your life through presence practices.
Feel more centered, more soulful, more connected.
Reconnect with your daily actions and make them into sacred ritual.