The winter solstice is tomorrow at 17:11UTC, which is 9:11AM San Francisco, 12:11PM New York. Millions of people will be meditating at this time, and I'm sure it would be a powerful and beautiful experience to join in. Please join in with your intentions for healing, abundance, peace, grace and love!
From Goddessdownload.com: "Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year, after which the daylight hours begin to grow longer. This time is known as the birth of light. The Anglo-Saxon word for this time is “Yule”. Yule in ancient Celtic terms means “wheel”. This was celebrated as the day that the chief Druid cut the sacred mistletoe from the Oak. Huge bonfires were lit with Yule logs to welcome the return of the Sun. Yule is a time to leave old regrets behind as the light makes its way back to the Earth and back to you, as well. The old year has completed its cycle, just as some of our habits have completed their cycles. This is a time to shed what no longer is useful in our lives"
This is a house near mine that in a funny way captures for me both the holiday spirit & living in your joy in the purest and funnest way. I know they've been doing this for at least ten years, and to consider their dedication to the amount of work this takes every year floors me. They don't earn any money from putting up all these lights. They don't have people knocking on their door saying "thank you." They really get nothing, they do it because they love to do it and because they love to share it with others. I took my 2 year old niece by this house and hearing her "wows" and "woahs" and seeing her smile made me so grateful for what these people do. But there's also the factor that their neighbors allow this blinding light display to be on their block year after year. They allow cars to drive up and park in front of their homes so people can take pictures. They too get nothing from it except the knowledge that they're giving people a good feeling.
The generosity of both their time and electric bill aside, the fact that they do this because they love to do it is what life is all about. It's weird to cover every inch of your house in lights. It's strange to have both Elmo and the Abominable Snowman as light fixtures side by side. But they love it. They're having total fun with it. And that is something that stays with me long after Christmas is over.
During the holiday season we turn so much of our attention to giving, which is wonderful. But is there some way you can give, as these people are, that also brings you joy in return? That is something that won't just light up your house like a Christmas display. It's something that will light up the whole world with love and happiness, and that is how quickly and easily you change the world. Yes, you can change the world, and it's as simple as spreading joy in a way that brings YOU joy in return.
"Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States.
Ashe, an African American, was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open." - Wikipedia
Hold onto the things that made you smile and made your heart warm. Let go of the things that weren't uplifting, supportive or possitive. They weigh you down and do nothing for you. Focus on the good and let it carry you through the coming weeks, not because you accept hurtful or negative behavior from others, but because you love yourself enough to put your own happiness first.