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Here in the northern hemisphere, we are passing through that momentary still point we call Winter Solstice. This longest night of the year, calls us to gather in candle-lit rooms to share stories told in words, music, dance, and feasting, stories that promise our very survival with the return of warmth and light. Hunkering down, together and alone, by fireside, candle, or electric hearth, this season of Renewal invites us to rest, to reflect, to touch the marrow of our lives on a planet dancing through space in rhythms so gracious and steadfast as to make all life grow, die back, and grow once more. Winter Solstice brings out the poet and philosopher, the dark fear and the brilliant hope in each of us. In this time of least light, our inner eye senses our interconnections with every other being – human and non-human – with whom we share this glorious world.
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Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice arrives on Monday, December 21, 2015. Most people recognize this date as the official first day of Winter. Others mark it as the return of the growing light, those longer days that makes Spring possible in only three short months.
But the Winter Solstice is more than the first day of winter and the promise of spring; it also offers us an invitation to cultivate deep contemplation regarding a whole new cycle of death, birth, fruition, decay, death, and rebirth. However you have marked this day in the past, may you find a meaningful, even ceremonial way of welcoming the Winter Solstice this season and the greater perspective it brings regarding the eternal round of life and death here on Planet Earth.
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On this Spring Equinox, 2015, in the Northern Hemisphere on our beautiful, beleaguered planet, our thoughts naturally turn to Spring and the renewal we begin to sense all around us. Here in Vermont that renewal is evident in the alternating warm and cold days that precipitate the sugaring season. So much of what is essential in life we learn from the natural world . . . cycles of growth and rest perhaps among the most important of these lessons. Learning to rest, to turn inward, to reflect on the interconnections among our thoughts and actions and the world we live in, is at the heart of renewal and the hallmark of maturity. Never have we needed this mature practice more than we need it now.
Happy Spring Equinox . . . at least here in the Northern Hemisphere. Down under folks are moving into autumn, this difference one of the many magical expressions of hemisphere diversity on our magnificent planet. Looking out my window at the five-and-six-foot piles of snow our snow-plow Angel has created makes Spring seem unlikely, and yet the calendar tells us the Vernal Equinox officially arrived on March 20. Sometimes, we have to take on faith the reality of something.
Most of us have heard of the remarkable results professional athletes achieve when they incorporate visualization into their training schedule. Imagining oneself accomplishing a goal activates the same areas of the brain as the act; for example, seeing oneself sink a foul shot on the basketball court registers in the same way as actually sinking the shot. Research indicates improvements in performance when visualization is used along with regular practice. To explore this research, visit www.eftuniverse.com’s home page and click on the Scientific Research tab.
Gratitude may be our most elegant transformation tool. As soon as we focus on something we appreciate, we feel an immediate shift into a more peaceful state. This is in itself remarkable; even more remarkable is the fact that our gratitude makes others more peaceful as well.
This is the time of year when local markets begin to sell seeds and peat pots to nourish our hopes for gloriously fertile summer gardens. Recently at Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, staff set out pots of flowering spring bulbs next to revolving stands of Vermont’s own High Mowing Organic Seeds. People rushing in to get last minute supper things slowed as they approached the flowers and seeds, the fragrance of hyacinth and daffodil catching them by surprise and the seed packets setting them to dreaming of the warm days to come.
In these green mountains, renewal is in the air. Every thaw reminds us of the promise of Spring’s return. We need such promises, not only in our out-of-doors, seasonally aware lives, but every day. Indeed, as we age, the promise of renewal takes on a spiritual heft that is absent in our youth. Renewal is the internal spring that visits us no matter the number of years we’ve lived on Earth.