Happy Winter Solstice!
Last night Jupiter and Saturn were in perfect alignment from our earthly view and together shone with a rare brightness. Today they have moved on, each guided by invisible forces on their unique universal journeys.
Despite the apparent chaos down here on planet Earth, we too are acted upon by the same invisible forces that influence the celestial bodies in the heavens above.
While it’s compelling to look at what seems wrong with the world, perhaps this quieter holiday season is a time to look for what is right.
- To appreciate our own unique and powerful journeys.
- To gaze with gratitude upon our loved ones.
- To hold our not-so-loved ones in an attitude of, if not acceptance, then at least tolerance.
- To trust that the earth’s forces are greater than humankind’s ability to fully screw things up.
Sit quietly for a moment and close your eyes. Tune into yourself. Notice what is going on.
Notice what kinds of thoughts are running through your mind.
Notice what kind of attitudes they are reflecting.
If your thoughts are of a critical nature, whether of yourself, others, or the state of the world, simply observe them. Don’t take any sides in the arguments, simply be present to what your mind is nattering on about.
Notice whether it feels good to be running these thoughts or if they feel uneasy in any way.
Whatever you are experiencing, just be open, aware and present to whatever is taking up your inner air space.
See if you can remain still and quiet, even in the presence of these thoughts. Even in the presence of things that seem to be so wrong.
See if you can remain quiet, and simply hold a neutral space.
Notice the ever-present air you are breathing in and out.
Reflect that the heavens remain in their orbits above us.
Notice that you, right now, are just fine.
This isn’t about yesterday and it’s not about tomorrow. It’s about now. It’s about our connection to peace, even in the always presence of so much we can get worked up about, or not.
The world will keep turning, and there will always be things to complain about. But you my dear, need not limit yourself to what seems tarnished! This holiday season, may you rest in the ever-present brilliance that needs no polishing, of yourself.
The Master does his job
And then stops.
He understands that the Universe
Is forever out of control
And that trying to dominate events
Goes against the current of the Tao.
Because he believes in himself,
He doesn’t try to convince others.
Because he is content with himself,
He doesn’t need others’ approval.
Because he accepts himself,
The whole world accepts him
(Tao te Ching Chapter 30
Stephen Mitchell translation)