There is little wonder that the Christmas, New Year season is such a profound holiday… right at the Winter Solstice.
The book “The Winter Solstice, The Sacred Traditions of Christmas” by John Mathews views the solstice as a perfect reflection of the duality we call life.
The darkest, shortest day is also the beginning of the light.
Maybe this is why I love this time of year, not chasing the trees and lights and decorations and presents, but seeking the deepest meaning of this spirit. The end is always the birth of dawn.
I quote from this precious book.
“There is a moment of silence that occurs every year, somewhere between the dawn of Christmas and the setting sun on Christmas day itself. – a moment we have all experienced once in our lives, maybe more than once. It can silence a great city, London or New York, and it can bring stillness to our hearts, whoever and wherever we may be. It offers the promise of new beginnings, of the clean slate of a new year, and it incorporates the breathless expectancy of Christmas night itself, when a familiar figure enters our lives and changes them briefly. It is such a moment that lies at the heart of the mid winter solstice and it is the celebration of this that this book is written.”
So Merri and I send to you on the first day of a decade, wherever you are… in Ecuador, Smalltown USA, or a big city… our best wishes for the gift of silence and a decade ahead filled with inner peace and joy.
May each day now be longer and lighter for you!
We wish you a happy New Year.
Gary & Merri