I woke early this morning and as I was pondering life it dawned on me that we were fast approaching the winter solstice. Immediately I began to think of the turning sun. I love this idea of beginning to turn away from the darkness into the light again. It just fills my entire being with hope and joy. I feel energized and grateful that I get another chance to grow in the light.
Our Celtic ancestors celebrated this time of turning sun with great reverence and joy. They were making it through another winter and they wanted the sun to know how much they wanted and needed it to shine strong and warm again.
Winter solstice is celebrated around the 21st December. I’m glad that today I have become aware of the solstice approaching because now I can take some time to be present to the sun. I can honour the darkness. I always feel I only truly see the power of the light when it is really dark.
Take that into my life and I have a great challenge put to me, we have a great challenge put to us all. The challenge is to see the light even in our darkest and hardest days. Light is truly powerful. It is transformational. Even just thinking of the phrase “faster than the speed of light” conjures up images of an amazing energy. Light is an amazing energy, one we all need and for many, many reasons.
So my invitation to me and you at this time as we approach the time of the turning sun, is to stop and breath and celebrate how the light shines through even the darkest of nights. Acknowledge that we need the sun and the light and hope it brings to us and give thanks for it. I also give thanks for the darkness, because without the darkness I would take the light for granted.