Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Solstice - Celebrating the Return to Light

In an effort to be mindful of the changing seasons and the rhythms of darkness to light in the world around us, we made and lit beeswax candles this evening after I returned from a peaceful and meditative Winter Solstice service.  (I will take the kids to walk the labyrinth tomorrow - their energy and the mood of tonight's labyrinth walk were not in alignment.)  The last time we made these candles was two years ago and the kids and I missed it last year.  In fact, I was surprised by how many times they've mentioned it and asked when we would make candles again.  I believe that this is an example of a family ritual in the making although it was not necessarily intended to be.  Sometimes these just call to our spirits, don't they?

Wishing you a bright Solstice from our family to yours on this longest night of the year!

"Long, these nights of Winter, rain dancing in the shadows lit by stars of wonder,
this light born anew...
a seed in my heart, kindled by this deep rest, when all is silent, all is holy, all possible...
from dreams of slumber and live this gift of life, this path of twists and turns unknown...
Be the sound that is you...
a precious spark singing into the coming dawn..."
~Lea Goode-Harris

1 comment:

  1. Love this tradition! I'm sure the kids had fun watching their candles light up the house!