HONORING LIFE ON THE DAY OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE: Wednesday, December 21, 5:45 A.M. EST
Timing is everything. By taking advantage of opportunities when the larger timing is right, you achieve a success. For example, when the tide is out in the ocean, it’s not a propitious time for the sport of surfing. The rules we see everyday in mother nature are self evident, and by cooperating with that larger timing, we can fit into the reality of “what is” and use it to our advantage.
By using the principles of natural timing, we cooperate with life and know when to pull back and when to press forward for success. The times of moving forward can be used for initiating new directions that are important for us. The times for pulling back can be used for reinforcing our position, organizing our lives and growing stronger within ourselves. The times of balance open the opportunity for consciously enjoying our lives and the people in our world.
This is a time of sacrificing qualities in your past behavior that are no longer useful to you and asking for a blessing from a Higher Power to continue into the next year of your life, leaving that characteristic behind. If possible, do this ritual with at least one other person, a larger group will even increase the power for all.
On this day, make a list of three qualities you would like eliminated from your habitual pattern of being. For example, gluttony, greed, selfishness, feeling isolated from others, lying, stealing, procrastination, not speaking up for yourself, whatever habitual response to life that has undermined you. After carefully considering your list, choose ONE of the three qualities of character you would like your Higher Power to remove from you.
On a piece of paper, write down that behavior and list FOUR instances when it has gotten in your way. This is a day to leave that quality from your past behind you and not take it with you into your future. To demonstrate your resolve, if you are in a suitable environment, make a bonfire and burn your paper. If you don’t have access to a safe fire, tear your paper into pieces and flush it down the toilet symbolically releasing that quality from being part of you.
Notice over the next three days whether or not you are exhibiting that quality you have resolved to leave behind. If so, allow yourself to cease doing it. Just being aware of it can wake you up to releasing it permanently. Your resolve is creating a new habit.
On the day that signifies the beginning of each of the four seasons of the year, throughout history people have gathered together in groups to celebrate bringing in the new cycle. The Honoring Life ritual suggested for bringing in the new cycle can be done alone or as part of a group that can empower the new cycle through shared celebration!