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The Sacred Season

"Solitary winter, chill me no more.

I dreamed an Angel, on the western seashore."

Luka Bloom

The holidays can be a time of year when we find ourselves overwhelmed by the constant demand of places to go, things to do and people to see. Between the parties, shopping and decorating, we can easily find ourselves exhausted and depleted - sometimes to the point of illness - not to mention, wondering what the point of it all is anyway. Yet, many sages and spiritual traditions point 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.

From the Taoist perspective, this month represents the time of the deepest Yin (feminine) energy, with its qualities of stillness, silence and meditation; as the earth begins its long winter rest to regenerate and get ready for the new growth of spring. 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 'doing'; to slow down, breathe and 'Be'. If we actually allow ourselves to slow down and listen to the call of our own hearts during this Sacred Season, we might feel the pull to meditate 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 we honor the Christmas Spirit, I encourage you to take the time to Be Still and receive the true gifts that are available during this Sacred Season: the deepest Silence within your own mind, and the All-encompassing Love within your own heart.

"And as Tiny Tim proclaimed, "God bless us, everyone."

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