We are famished, starved for light. We are ravenous, with tables covered in food. We are of little faith, less hope. Yet hands reach out, gifts are at the door. We are consumed by connective technology, yet we cannot be intimate. We stand at the longest, darkest night in the Northern Hemisphere. What is to see us through? For our ancestors, Winter Solstice was a season of death. It was a time when fire-it’s warmth and light, were necessary for survival. Today, many are dying through lack of light, loss of spirit and faith. Yes, also through lack of food and warmth; and not through lack of food. Rather, it is an inability to be deeply nourished. We are starved for soul food.
The world we have known is dying. Much of it needs to die. A hard new world is being born, and like all births, it is painful. There is no turning back. In this long dark night of the soul, the assessments, prerogatives, and assumptions we have lived by, are no longer. One by one we ask ourselves, what sort of birth am I willing to undergo to deliver a new-world-baby? How much love do I have to offer it? What is the great work of this child? How/what shall I teach it? When this darkness ends, and it will, what sort of nourishment will I pass on for this life to embody? How do I bear witness to this dark time? What vulnerability can be cultivated now?
To that dying work we must surrender a worn, outmoded consciousness grown from darkness, festered in fear and resentment. If we hunger for light, we must be the light. If we are starving, we must be the ones who forage for what nourishes. If we are without hope to see this long night through, we must reach out to those who can, those who embody hope though no reason exists. These are the creators, the survivors, the battered warriors who have failed, struggled, failed again, then walked through their despair to remain love-resilient.
Dec 21st~5:15~ Level I-II~Subbed by the Fabulous Jen Cooper
7:00 PM~Level II-III Subbed by the lovely Corey Halaby. Laughing Dog Yoga, 159 Linden st. Wellesley.
Dec. 24 No 8:30 Sat. Morning at Blue Lotus Yoga, 945 Great Plain Ave. Needham. We meet again on Sat. 31st to close down 2016!
Note: Your Holiday Collection bowl for ‘Humanity Crew Org.’ raised $378.00 for refugee ground relief. Nice going, my friends. Every bit helps.