Happy Winter Solstice
May this be a tipping point towards increasing light and kindness!
Living in the far north, the winter solstice is an anticipated point of the winter. At long last, the globe begins its return to increasing daylight. I feel my spirits lift for I know this cold, northern hemisphere is on its return trip towards summer, more sunlight, and abundant growth.
For us residing this far north, today the sun is above us for less than 8 hours, from 8:35 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. This is less than half the time it’s above the horizon on the summer solstice, when it’s up for 16 hours and 33 minutes. I sympathize for those living even farther north. In the extreme north the sun doesn’t rise for a week around the winter solstice, only allowing a faint twilight between 9am and 2pm.
As I ponder this earthly return towards the light, I also envision humanity’s spiritual return towards ever greater light within us all. This is a prayerful time for offering not only the light of our hearts during meditation and prayer, but also to share our light within through genuine smiles and acts of kindness.
It needn’t cost a thing as we offer a compliment or a gentle word to a frazzled clerk or shopper. We can anonymously shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk or scrape the ice off their windshield. We can gently offer our arm to a senior traversing an icy parking lot or treacherous section of sidewalk, or our hand to someone who has dropped a bag. We can put up sweet posters on public community boards, offering quotes on hope or faith or joy. Our acts of kindness are only as limited as our imaginations!
I will continue to give thanks for my beeswax candles, Christmas tree lights, and outdoor strings of lights adding cheer and illuminating these long nights. I feel gratitude for the blessings that each day brings, but especially today on the winter solstice. I feel a burgeoning hope! Let us turn our faces towards the light and our hearts will inevitably follow. Let us take even one step of action towards kindness and we become an active part of the tipping point towards greater goodness in the world.
[Images not mine; unable to find original source]