Winter Solstice Sun
mandala created by Sue O’Kieffe
There is a moment of silence that occurs every year, sometime during the month of December. It is a moment that we have all experienced at least once in our lives, maybe more than once. It can silence a great city like Paris or San Francisco, and it can bring stillness to our hearts, whoever and wherever we may be.
That moment of silence is unlike any other. It offers the promise of new beginnings, and the clean slate of a new year. It is a time when many of us wait with breathless expectancy for the arrival of the sun, or the birth of a child of wonder, or the appearance of a familiar figure dressed in red.
Whatever or whoever it is we eagerly anticipate enters our lives – perhaps momentarily, perhaps enduringly – and changes them…whether it be briefly or permanently.
It is such a moment that lies at the heart of the Winter Solstice, and thus in celebration of this moment do I wish each and every one of you a most joyous holiday season.