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Winter Solstice 2008

Winter Solstice is the darkest time of the year, here in the Northern Hemisphere. Tonight is the longest night of the year; for thousands of years people have celebrated the return of the light by welcoming the sun at dawn at the Winter Solstice. It is a ritual we know in our very DNA, I believe.

This is the darkest time, a time for going deep within in order to renew our connection with life and to community. At this time of year, I especially enjoy the paradox of deep inner self-awareness and celebrating with family. Going deep within means to me a kind of letting go, and allowing my attention to shift away from the external world and its concerns toward some Divine focus within. There is a kind of resting into it for me, and a dissolving of ‘doingness’ into ‘beingness’, so the focus for me is often Quiet or Silence or even Nothing.

May you tap your deepest resources of renewal and healing as the light returns and the days begin to grow longer again. May you celebrate your connections with life and community.

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