Solstice Reflections

poem reflect solstice winter Dec 19, 2021

In this time of longest nights, the natural world encourages us to get quiet, to do the inner work to illuminate what is in the shadows and prepare for the coming solar year.

The Winter Solstice offers us many lessons amidst the challenges of our changing world. When we create light in the darkness, it is more noticeable and powerful. I hope you will join me in lighting a candle this Solstice for our world and all who struggle in the darkness.

I offer these two poems as Solstice's gifts of recognition and inspiration.


Quiet friend who has come so far, 
feel how your breathing makes more space around you. 
Let this darkness be a bell tower 
and you the bell. As you ring, 
what batters you becomes your strength. 
Move back and forth into the change. 
What is it like, such intensity of pain? 
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
In this uncontainable night, 
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses, 
the meaning discovered there. 
And if the world has ceased to hear you, 
say to the silent Earth: I flow. 
To the rushing water, speak: I am. 

~ Rilke

Hold the silence like
a mother holds her child.
Hold your ground while
all around you structures
crumble into nothing.
Focus on the still point
in your center until you
are filled with light, until
Spirit speaks to you in
words you understand,
until the love in your
heart grows so strong
it must be shared.

~ Danna Faulds

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