Winter Solstice Meditation
On this, the shortest day of the year, the rising of the sun echoes the birth of light after having been plunged into darkness.
Since earliest times, throughout all traditions, this day represents the birth of spirit: the awakening to the sacred, the holy, the whole. The yearning for the contact with the sacred is a basic human need, and is as essential as eating or drinking. When this contact is not fulfilled, it leaves us with a feeling of something missing from life, a dissatisfaction: as if we have no means for connecting with something we deeply love. And until we do connect, every day without that connection life seems to lack meaning and depth.
We usually mistake our yearning and dissatisfaction as something missing in our “me”, or something incomplete in our relationships or work. And, there is a whole series of industries, including the self-help industry, that would like us to believe that if only we changed something in our personality, or in our surroundings, or conditions, we would feel fulfilled.
Its occurrence is so subtle, so fine and delicate, that it is easy to overlook, especially if we are distracted with external concerns and goals.
We are conditioned to believe that a spiritual experience has to take a particular form and have pre-ascribed characteristics, and so can dismiss or overlook our own openings, and therefore neglect to encourage the connection to become more frequent. Pre-conceived ideas about God and what spirituality is supposed to be, interfere with our direct experience: they inhibit our own personal relationship with the wholeness that the sacred represents.
Each of us has our own individual numinous (soul) experience. It is not a matter of intensity, it is a matter of quality, a kind of “being moved from within”. It is accompanied by awe of something beyond the sphere of the ordinary, of materiality, that stills the mind with astonishment and wonder, even if it is only for a brief moment.
Here is a free meditation to help you remind yourself
I hope this meditation helps you remember your natural state and that it re-sources you by sinking into the sacred stillness that is at our own center.
About Judyann McNamara, DHOM, N.D., DHP
Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher (biophysics), Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 25 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, science, health, holism and spirituality since 1975. She is a Homeopath with classical unicist training, a Naturopath, and the founder of MICH.
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