The Sacred Season
"Every winter has its spring.
It is not a season, it is a celebration."
As we enter into the heart of the Holiday Season we can easily find ourselves overwhelmed by the constant demand of places to go, things to do and people to see; and with the added reality of the Covid-19 Pandemic this year, we can find ourselves filled with the stress and fear of getting sick as well. Between the shopping (even if it is online), decorating and worrying about whether we will even see our loved ones this year, we can easily find ourselves exhausted and depleted, sometimes to the point of depression or despair. Yet many sages and spiritual traditions have pointed to the month of December, and the beginning of Winter, as the most powerfully transformative and spiritual season of the year. Not only is it the time when we celebrate Christmas, but the 12th month of the year is also the time of the Winter Solstice, Hanukah and Kwanzaa.
According to the Taoist Masters, this month also marks the time when the deepest and most powerful Yin (feminine) energy is flowing from the earth, bringing forth the qualities of healing Stillness, silence, and rejuvenation for all who are open to receiving these gifts. As the earth begins its long winter rest to regenerate and get ready for the new growth of spring, we too are called to slow down, listen and allow ourselves to rest and heal our bodies, minds and spirits. We see this played out in the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, when the sun has moved the furthest away from the earth. The promise - and miracle - of the Solstice is that, at the moment of the deepest darkness, the light of the sun is already returning to us, and the days then become progressively longer as we make our return to the new growth of spring.
This time of year also calls to us to let go of our busy habitual 'doing'; and instead to relax, breathe and 'Be'. If we actually allow ourselves to slow down and listen to the call of our own hearts during this powerful time, we might feel the pull to nourish our bodies with warming foods, sleep or meditate more and feel the Stillness within, and around us. This can lead to the deep healing and rejuvenation that our bodies, minds and spirits are yearning for. As you honor the Christmas Spirit, I encourage you to take advantage of this powerfully transformative time by turning within, Being Still and opening to the true gifts that are available during this Sacred Season: the deepest Stillness within your own body, the Silence within your own mind, and the All-encompassing Love within your own heart.
"And as Tiny Tim proclaimed, "God bless us, everyone."