During this season, the rising of the sun echoes the birth of light after having been plunged into darkness.
Since earliest times, throughout all traditions, the winter solstice 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.