A Prayer for the Winter Solstice
May you awaken your innate gratitude for your being at this time. May this time bring you light and delight as you make merry this season and let your inner flame wisdom and love burn bright!
On this night we enter the belly of the night.
Winter Solstice…. We come to the portal that separates darkness from light. Standing in this arch of time where Earth takes a breath before facing us back towards the sun, we too, take a breath, turn inward, pause in this moment, and let the darkness reveal its gifts.
Winter Solstice…..A time to look back at the year gone by, gather its lessons and put them in the soupy stew of your life. Time to let the heat of your presence cook this stew and render the lessons into the sweet nectar of wisdom. Then drink of it. One-small-sip-at-a-time.
Winter Solstice…A time to let the longest night of the year seduce you into stillness. Time to silence inner voices, listen to the beating of your own heart. Time to breathe slowly, become the breath…and linger here. The night is long.
Winter Solstice… Time to savour the sweetness of the dark. Nothing to fear. It is only you. And millions of years of Earth’s turning; away and then back, away, and then back towards the light. It is all you. The dark, the light, the fire, the night: it is all you. You are all it. Sweet oneness savoured in the dark.
Winter Solstice…. A sacred link, where Earth’s veil thins, the unseen and seen. Images of ancestors and ancient roots threading back beyond time. Back to first humans, their fires still burning to call back the light. We are the ones who hold them sacred. We honour their struggles, their triumphs. We are here due to them. They gave us our blood.
Winter Solstice…. A time to reflect on your life in this moment. Like never before, nor will ever be again, reflect on this sweet, wondrous moment.
Winter Solstice…..A time to let go of what burdens….. Empty out the stones sitting heavy in the heart. Let bygones be bygones. Acknowledge. Forgive. Begin again.
Winter Solstice……A fertile time, a time to ready yourself; a time for infinite possibility. A time to sow seeds of imagination, to germinate in the darkness. A time to tend the inner hearth; be warmed by the fires of creativity.
Winter Solstice…The union of opposites. Fullness: emptying. Emptiness: filling.
The shortest day meets the longest night. Celebrate the dark. Greet the light. We have journeyed long; we have journeyed far. In summer, we rejoiced in the sun, now absent. In winter, we settle into the night, now present. We draw inward, tuck in our wings to keep ourselves warm.
Winter Solstice… Can you be with it all, just as it is? No fighting, no trying, no pushing the river. It flows by itself, so you watch it. You notice. You see twigs and branches submerged in the stream of your life. Without effort, the water flows over, under and around it all. Nothing can stop it; it goes on forever. Like you do. Like I do. Like we do.
May you go on forever, like this longest night of the year.