Dec 6 - Connie Griffith
Dec 13 - MK Roland
Dec 20 - Don Scott
Dec 27 - Heidi Wigham
"For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
ralph waldo emerson
We are now entering the season of holidays. The beautiful colors of fall always remind me of a vision I had many years ago. I was awake, and as I sat on the side of my bed, I became aware of a very bright and shining orange in the palm of my right hand. I could see into this orange; I saw the fibers and its fruit and juice. I heard a voice; “appreciate what you have or you will have to learn to appreciate what you have”. I have tried since that day to be thankful; to look always for the silver lining; to remember to give as much attention to my thanksgiving as to my pleas for help. I am grateful that when I have fallen off the thanksgiving wagon “something” reminds me to get back on track. We often focus on the not so good in our lives; yet I truly believe the universe is always guiding us towards our greater understanding. Even a rocky road will get us to our desired destination. There is a bar in Key West called Hog’s Breath! Their motto is, “hog’s breath is better than no breath!” We breathe every day the sweet breath of life. For this exciting and ever changing life, safe within the mind of God, we can always give thanks.
This time of year has been celebrated for eons, as our ancestors brought in the harvest and prepared for winter. We welcomed the solstice….sun stands still…….and its’ promise of light and longer days. The ancients were well aware of the solstice. There is evidence of feasts and gatherings at sacred places around the world at the time of the solstice. Evergreen trees and mistletoe survive through the winter and were celebrated for their strength. Gifts were left for the gods that they would return the light to the earth after the barrenness of winter. Early humans celebrated the sun and gave thanks for its victory over the cold and dark of winter. Today we also celebrate at solstice. This joyous time is born from what we would call pagan times, or nature religions. Mithra, the Persian god of light, was “born” at this time centuries before Jesus; and Christianity used this already in place festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Joy and celebration is a blessing! Regardless of our reason to celebrate, or how we choose to celebrate, this is a time of joy and thanksgiving. We may celebrate the lights of Hanukkah, the birth of Jesus, or the visit of Santa. It is all good! Happy Holidays to us All!
Namaste! emmy chetkin
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