From Darkness To Light: Winter Solstice Blessings To You!

//From Darkness To Light: Winter Solstice Blessings To You!

From Darkness To Light: Winter Solstice Blessings To You!

Today, in this darkest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, I am both melancholy and hopeful. As the balance shifts on Winter Solstice toward the light, I rejoice, but today, the darkness weighs heavy.

This year has been a very dark year for many of us. Globally there is so much despair, so much hopelessness. We worry about war and struggle for peace in our lives. Ice is melting, oceans are rising, animals are dying, and we feel helpless to stop the carnage. The seas are filled with plastic that we buy and throw away, killing marine life at alarming rates. Our food is grown fast, harvested fast, served fast, and eaten fast, and often we don’t know what we’re really eating, or what chemicals may be added to what we eat.

We buy more and own less.  We work more and earn less. We think we love more and are loved less.  We give more and we get less. We talk more and say less.

Despite quantum leaps in technology, super-fast communication does not mean we are better able, or even willing, to speak more kindly, more gently, more softly, more clearly.  We limit our conversations to a few words in a text or tweet, and think we are connected.  We are not.

We see time as a commodity, something not to be wasted or frittered away, but are we certain we know what “wasting” time really means?  We are in such a hurry to do – what? We’ve come to expect packages shipped to our door from distribution centers around the globe in less than 24 hours.  We rant at sales clerks and service people who don’t provide instant results when we demand them.

I’m old, but a part of me has embraced this fast-paced technological world enthusiastically (such as being able to connect with you through this blogpost!).  I am as guilty as everyone else of being frustrated when my internet connection slows, or fails, or my computer or cell phone don’t work.

I’m old, and most parts of me want the world to slow the hell down for a while!  I do what I can.  I treasure long walks on the beach, alone or with a friend, walking silently, breathing salt air, watching gulls glide, honoring each incoming wave, cherishing each seashell I find.  I watch the sunset over the water every day.  I make old-fashioned suppers and invite friends to share and talk.  I read real books that smell like old paper, and I desecrate them by dog-earring pages and underlines passages.  I don’t have a television or a microwave oven.  I’m not consistent, I know, but I do try to be still, to slow down, and to savor the moment.

And that’s all we have – each moment.  The next one certainly is not promised.  And yet….

We must believe in the coming of the light.  We must shrug off this mantle of darkness. We must release our sense of despair.  Yes, of course the light returns as it has for millennia, and it also must return to our psyche, and to our hearts, in our search for finding connection with all beings.  WE must be the bearers of light in the world.  WE must be the connectors among us all.

In the coming weeks, I’ll share with you a new venture I and a group of friends are undertaking to be light-bearers, to be connectors, and to offer you an opportunity to join in with us.  I believe you’ll want to be a part of the excitement, so stay in touch!

In the meantime, rejoice in the coming of the light!

Blessed be,
Deb

 

By | 2017-12-20T21:27:53+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Latest News|18 Comments

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  1. Jen B December 25, 2017 at 3:41 am

    This was so lovely. So many of us feel this way as we try to navagate the world, but your reminder to shine through the darkness it’s the real meaning we are here. Blessings to you! Thank you for being the light.

    • Deb Bowen December 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Oh Jen, thank you! I so appreciate your comment and a reminder to me that we all need to shine brightly! Blessings to you, Deb

  2. Juliana December 24, 2017 at 5:18 am

    How much do I love this!? I love this so much, I just now found you this week and everything written now has been a conversation I have with myself. I’m on my own discovering journey. I don’t ever comment on anything, but today you captured my whole being. You are a beautiful soul, I now know you were put in my path. Beautiful, may you have many blessings and that bright shiny like be even brighter.

    • Deb Bowen December 24, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you for writing Juliana, and I wish you many blessings! Peace and gratitude, Deb

  3. Margo. Towne December 22, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Thanks I needed that as I have been down. Christmas is a bad time for me . For a long time, but thanks for the pick me up. Love and peace to you

    • Deb Bowen December 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you for commenting Margo. Sending light and blessings to you, Deb.

  4. Heather Willis December 21, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Beautiful Deb! I’m so grateful my Mom has you as a friend. Thank you for shining a light and beacon of hope in life. Much love to you!

    • Deb Bowen December 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Oh Heather how wonderful to hear from you! Thank you so much and please send warm wishes to Chris. And yes, I am beyond blessed that your amazingly wonderful, strong, beautiful, kind mother is my friend. Bright blessings to you!

  5. Ursula December 21, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Beautiful, Deb. Thank you for so wonderfully balancing the darkness and the light, and most importantly, for being the light 🙂

    • Deb Bowen December 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Oh Ursula, thank you so much for your kindness May the light returning fill your life with love and joy! Blessings, Deb

  6. Laura December 21, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Absolutely beautiful and well said. You have nailed it! Many are living unconciously and not conciously. We need to slow down and actually breathe and be. I try very hard, but sometimes I get pushed. Keep up your wonderful work! Many Blessings.

    • Deb Bowen December 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you so much for writing Laura! I couldn’t agree with you more. Many blessings to you!

  7. Lynn Heritage December 21, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Deb…this is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I’ve read in a very long time. Your words give me hope and a deep desire to make, at least, every other moment a meaningful life experience. Thank you.

    • Deb Bowen December 21, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Oh Lynn, thank you so much! Coming from you, who is a wonderful, peaceful writer, I’m honored. I love you and all you do for the world!!!

  8. Eileen December 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    That was beautiful Deb! Thank you, I truly needed this today!

    • Deb Bowen December 21, 2017 at 12:30 am

      Thank you Eileen! I’m so glad it’s helpful to you! Blessings, Deb

  9. KLGOH December 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Lovely, and thank you!!

    • Deb Bowen December 21, 2017 at 12:30 am

      Thank you and blessings to you Kelly!

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