Today is the solstice, Winter for those in the north and Summer for all of us in the south. It is a much heralded day, the end of the 13th b’ak’tun of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, which means not the end of the world, but instead a big celebration as we enter the 14th b’ak’tun. This week a group of (mostly) women are enjoying a retreat in the peaceful bushland along the banks of the Deua river, not far from Moruya. I joined them on Wednesday, hoping to hear my friend Anna telling stories, but things had changed, Anna had done her stuff in the tepee the night before, so the day was very peaceful. We swam in the river for hours, ate quite a bit, talked about the 13 Moon Mayan Calendar (which was fun, based on my birth date I am a White Planetary Dog), played about with felting coloured wool, and enjoyed some yoga and meditation.
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So I am wishing you a very happy solstice, for tomorrow we begin the long months back to the shortest day, while you in the north turn towards the sun. Take a little time out at this natural pause, the origin of the festival that is now celebrated mainly as Christmas around the world. Time to be thankful for our lives, time to reach out with love and acceptance to our nearest and dearest, and to all our unknown human family around the world. Time for peace in our hearts, towards ourselves and others, time for giving and receiving, for celebrating the flow of life; time for picturing healing and reconciliation all over our precious planet.
Perhaps you might even enjoy this Rainbow Bridge meditation today, seeing yourself and the Earth as One.