First, this newsletter comes with my heartfelt wishes for a truly joyous holiday season and an abundant New Year. I hope you will take time to create a list of gratitude during all the hustle and bustle of this time: from the smallest blessing of comfortable shelter to the greatest blessing of wonderful people in your life. Yule is the time that we honor the night and all over the Northern Hemisphere it is a festival of light. I want to share my favorite poem for the Winter Solstice which is from a CD called Circle of Seasons, by Lisa Thiel. I’ve adapted it just a little.
On the longest night, we search for the light
And we find it deep within
As we open our eyes, we embrace what is wise
And see the light of our souls shining.
Enter the night and we find the light
That will carry us to our dreams
Enter the night; let your spirit take flight
In the field of infinite possibilities
Please remember that when you are offering something of yourself with loving energy, whether it be creating a delicious dinner, making a beautiful craft, or simply spending quality time with someone to whom you mean a lot, the love you feel is your blessing. Your heart chakra opens and healing flows from within.
I have been listening to a wonderful CD called Om Deeksha and I highly recommend it for calming and promoting that place of love within you. It has given me some very blissful moments as I pack for my trip to Brazil and tie up all the loose ends that such a voyage requires. I feel very blessed that I will have both my daughters with me for this Yule. Sarah is flying with me to Rio and my youngest, Jamie, who is turning 23 on the 30th, has already been living there for three months. I will be searching for celebrations of Yemaya (called Iemanja in Brazil) on New Year’s Eve and hoping to join in their beautiful ceremony for the Goddess of the Sea.
When next I write, I’ll be sharing some of my experiences in Rio where the people honor sensuality with Samba and celebrate feminine beauty.
Love and Blessings, Linda