Today is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Basically, it’s the shortest day and longest night of the year. The literal meaning of Solstice is the sun stands still…wait, what? The sun stood still? How does that happen? Did it forget where it was going and have to stop to remember? Or did it need to take a breath before it continues on it’s journey? Yes, the sun has it’s own journey. While the earth revolves around the sun, the sun orbits around the milky way. While the earth only takes 365 days to revolve around the sun, the sun will take about 230 million years to make one complete orbit of the milky way!
Today, on the shortest day of the year, we can take a lesson from the sun and stand still, if even for just a moment. Stand still, close your eyes and take a breath. Cast your memory back to January 2014 and slowly come forward to today. Did you celebrate a wedding or a birth? Perhaps a promotion, or a new job. Did you check something off of your bucket list? Maybe you created a bucket list for the first time this year. Fantastic! Yet, with beginnings, come endings. The end of a relationship, a job or even death. While we wish that those that we love could live forever, we know that this is not possible. If this year saw someone that you love leave the physical realm, see them wrapped in light and know that, wherever they are, they are safe and they are loved.
Keep breathing, and as you go through your year, acknowledge the people that have supported and loved you throughout the last year and send them thanks. Now think of the people that challenged you and send them thanks. Yes, even that person. Keep breathing. Now acknowledge the most important person of all; the one we often forget to thank, to love, to be grateful for. Yourself. Wrap your arms around yourself, squeeze and say ‘I love you, (insert name here)’.
You are the one who gets up every day and shares your gift with the world. You are the one who faces obstacles and figures out a way to get through, over,or around these obstacles. You are the one who lends an ear to someone who just really needs to talk and you listen without judgement and it’s you who opens your arms to embrace someone when they just need a hug. You are the one who smiles at strangers walking down the street and they smile back. You are the one who is a miracle. You are the one who is made of stars and who shines just as bright.
On this, the longest night of the year, may the light that you carry inside of you, shine ever so bright, to guide you back to your beauty and your worthiness.