The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and is celebrated around the world by various cultures and belief systems. There is a lot of symbolism around the solstice, but as the caption of the photo above says, “For though my faith is not yours and your faith is not mine, if we are each free to light our own flame, together we can banish some of the darkness of the world.”
I believe that faith is a personal thing. I have Christian friends, Jewish friends, Muslim friends, Pagan friends, Hindu friends, Buddhist friends and the list goes on. Each of my friends are beautiful souls and believe in the power of love, and together we light up the world!
I use light as a symbol for love. I tell people that my religion is love and I believe that the more we love, the lighter the world becomes. Love has the power to bring joy and banish suffering, it has the power to heal and it has the power to create great blessings. For instance, I just watched a special where a couple lost their daughter and started an organization in her name to help homeless children. Their love for their daughter lives on and continues to grow as it creates love and safety for hundreds of children.
Love is the most powerful force in the universe and it is important to use this force each and every day. The more you give love, the more love you receive and the light just grows and grows.
I have a small women’s group and we meet each Monday focusing on spirituality and healing. This coming Monday we will be doing our own version of a Solstice ritual where we will be letting go of things we want to leave in the past/darkness and claiming what we want to bring into the present/light. It’s a time of new beginnings where all seems possible. Stating our desires in a group and witnessing with love what each other wants to manifest is a powerful thing as we support each other’s dreams.
What do you want to leave behind; what no longer serves you?
What do you want to manifest as the light returns?
And, on a practical note, Vitamin D is a great supplement for this time of year. Where I live, we get very little actual sunshine because it rains so much and the sun we do get comes in at an angle and diffuses the UV-B rays that enable us to produce Vitamin D on our own. So for us northerners, SAD disease or Seasonal Affective Disorder is pretty common during the winter months and Vitamin D is an important supplement to help counteract it.
Also, stress and sugar are not your friends this time of year so try to remember that love is the greatest gift of all, much better than fudge. Smile!
Love and Light to you all,