Let There Be Light!

Be Well Be Happy

December 21 marked the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year and the start of days getting longer. Minute by minute there will be more sunlight streaming through our windows on the cold winter days, marching toward our favorite time of year here in Rockaway. According to Forever Conscious, "The winter solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection.”

After the holiday celebrations, let this winter solstice give you permission to take some time with your quiet energy to examine where you are in your life and what you want for your life.  Allow the increasing light day by day be your guide to go within, feel/think and come to a peaceful place to start anew.  With the start of a new decade, it is a time to reflect on who we are and what we want. Life is short, anything can happen, and we don’t know what is in store, so why not spend some time thinking about what we really want—what would make us happy? It isn’t easy because “reality” always seems to come in. We see the obstacles along with the wishes, so we never think we can change or get there. But we can. Obstacles are meant to be cleared. We can make small strides, small changes to start building momentum for the bigger things.

Setting intentions is tied to this time of year: new year, new decade, new beginning.  It is a time to let go of the past, make personal changes to move forward. Someone shared an experience she had with Ram Dass, an inspirational spiritual teacher, who passed just a few days ago. She was at an ashram in India and when she was getting ready to leave she went to say goodbye to him. She said, “I’m afraid we have to go back now.” He smiled sweetly and said, “You never go back, you are always moving forward.” 

So, as the days get longer, let the light in and focus on what makes your unique light shine brightly and how you can be happier inside. Get out of your comfort zone and think of one thing to do or change—something small—and do it. See how easy it is. Gain the courage to create your life instead of letting it just happen starting with small things if that works better for you. When we set some intentions or wishes or goals from a place deep within, you may find that people come into your path who might encourage you, or you may receive something that will make it happen. Things start to align; help, in whatever form, starts to cross our paths. It only happens with clear, inner-created intentions. Moving forward into 2020, let this be your new beginning. Start to live a mindful creative life and let the light shine in you! 

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be compassionate. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

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