Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Celebrating Solstice

Celebrating Solstice....feeling the dark, yet the illumination of it as well....

"Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own.
There you can be sure you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb tonight.
The night will give you a horizon further than you can see."
- David Whyte -

For the northern hemisphere it is winter solstice. For myself, it is a time to celebrate the longest night of the year... it is also a time to reflect on the darkness that I have felt in my past and present experience. A darkness that can be so all consuming dark ~ the darkness where your heart constricts, your mind whirls and your body seizes... Or a simple darkness like a negative thought, even if just for a second.

It is in the dark however, that light can be born with a simple spark. By feeling into the dark and uneasy, but then trying to find the light, the blessing, or a loving thought. Because it is with light, that darkness is illuminated, and transmuted, and thus appreciated for all that I might have gained from it.

And this is both physical, with letting the sunlight fill my body & soul on a sunny day, or the metaphysical, how is warms my heart and transmutes those lingering dark molecules of fear or sadness.

So in this, I welcome both light and dark, sadness and joy. Because in actuality, we are human, we feel both extremes, and in that, we learn, evolve and choose our experience in each moment.

I celebrate this solstice with an open heart. An appreciation for where I have come from, and where I am today....and an excitement of where I am going and who I am becoming.

"With every breath and every thought,
we can either bring
love & light,
or fear & darkness"