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A Great Presence Stirring Beside Me

In honor of this Winter Solstice… homage to the darkest of our days, as we welcome back the sun’s increased presence.

This Rilke poem and the beautiful art below by Sha’an d’Anthes were originally paired on Dreamwork with Toko-pa’s website.  Check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DreamworkWithTokopa/?hc_ref=ARTk9RUC0IRzfTgBfv6vMarLzO_YzVEPNZm3SHBE-xpONW_Y3tI7c-rh69H92c2fCEo&fref=nf&pnref=story

“You, darkness, of whom I am born —

I love you more than the flame
that limits the world
to the circle it illumines
and excludes all the rest.

But the darkness embraces everything:
shapes and shadows, creatures and me,
people, nations — just as they are.

It lets me imagine
a great presence stirring beside me.

I believe in the night.”

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Artwork below by Sha’an d’Anthes

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Sweet Solstice

Ahhh… Winter.

Now the sweet season of introspection, quiet, peaceful snowscapes, good books, long nights, welcoming fires, warm hearths, cozy afternoons, wanderings, deepening, dreaming, awakening…

We celebrate this longest night with a glad heart, knowing that with each subsequent day, the sun will grace us with ever more moments of light.  Each day more light.

May our lives, our very souls know this too;  each day more light!

O Winter ruler of the inverted year… I crown thee king of intimate delights, fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, and all the comforts that the lowly roof of undisturbed retirement, and the hours of long uninterrupted evening, know.”

-William Cowper


“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”

– Pietro Aretino

“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.”

– Anamika Mishra


Sweet Solstice

December 21.

Breathing in, the earth surrenders to the shortest day of sun’s light, and the longest dark of night. The wave of light and darkness crests and the sun is welcomed back. Its journey is lengthened each day.

Honoring the earth’s process brings beauty and attention.  Deep comfort is found in the unfolding of the unending seasons.  The lovely flow carries us, and each day we absorb more of the increasing light.

These gifts of winter solstice are here to be freely embraced.

What precious gifts nature gives.

Winter, Snow, Small Tree, Glistening


Rise Like the Sun and Burn

 Welcome Back the Sun!!

On this beautiful winter solstice day the myriad gifts of the warm and nurturing Sun are acknowledged.

There is thankfulness for the grace in the giving.  Appreciation too for the countless ways we are sustained and lifted up by the radiance.

Now, even as winter settles in, the hours of sunlight grow longer and we have the potential with each day for more luminance and warmth, accelerating inner growth and deepening.

Roots reach for depths unexplored.

The knowledge that the sun lengthens its shining each day allows for a serene, restful absorption of the season. No need to yearn for Spring.  It is coming. .. In the meantime, the present of winter is to be savored.  Deep snow and long nights.  Love and light.  Dark mornings by candlelight.  Warm fires.  Good books. Snowshoe walks.  Life.

January 27

“The day will be what you make it,

so rise,

like the sun,

and burn.”

-William C. Hannan

Sunrise, Snow, Treeview

“…the Persian savior Mithra, who, as an incarnation of eternal light, was born on the night of winter solstice.”

-Joseph Campbell

Sunrise on Beach, Amelia Island