(Since Winter Solstice spans two days in the North America, I've decided to continue the writings from December 21, 2011. Please read it first if you haven't already.)
"Continued from" December 21, 2011 post -
As part of the book I found in Canada (I can't find the book right now, so I can't share the name of it), it had an activity for children to do to help them be appreciative of the luxuries they/we have and take for granted. It is called, "Counting Our Blessings."
The object of the activity was to literally count certain items in our homes we "expect" to have, yet are absent in the homes of people in many countries. Since it was geared to children, it was put into a monetary mindset appropriate for children 25 years ago. As an adult in today's economy, I might ask that you change the "pennies" to "dollars" and donate that amount to a charity.
I will share the complete list in a future post, but here are three samples to give you a feel for the enlightening exercise:
- How many bathrooms in your house? Put in 10 cents for each one.
- Put in 2 cents for each electrical plug in your house.
- Count the number of chairs there are in your house. Put in 2 cents for each one.
What was the total amount? I hope this helps you feel more abundant by showing you just how many blessings you have in your life in just one area of your life.
The second area I want to share is "Seasonal Soulcraft" a term used in Simple Abundance - a term used to describe connecting with the seasons. Each season brings its own special qualities and gifts.
Winter brings anticipation. It also brings warm homes filled with aromas like burning wood, fresh evergreens, spicy ginger and cinnamon. There might even be fresh baked breads, soups and roasts - foods we often don't have during other seasons due to the heat generated by stoves and ovens for their preparation in an already hot time of year.
Another paragraph from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach from the Seasonal Soulcraft essay also speaks to me. Let me quote it verbatim since it explains the connection so well:
"'The most ancient spiritual wisdom was centered around the predictable shifts in seasonal energies. Rituals revolved around sowing, reaping and the cycles of light and darkness,' Joan Borysenko, the respected scientist, gifted therapist, and unabashed mystic, reminds us in her tiny contemplative jewel, Pocketful of Miracles: Prayers, Mediations, and Affirmations to Nurture Your Spirit Every Day of the Year. 'The seasonal rhythms correlate with our bodily rhythms.... Our dream life and inner life grow more insistent in the winter darkness.... The old year is put to bed, one's business is finished, and the harvest of spiritual maturity is reaped as wisdom and forgiveness.'"
In closing this post, I'm sharing a quote from Henry David Thoreau. "Live in each season as it passes; breathe air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your only diet drink and botanical medicines."
This is a time for the wisdom of ceremonies, rituals, and spiritual connection - a time our dream life and our inner life grow more insistent. This is a mystical, magical, memorable moment in time. May you delight in wonder during the season of the Winter Solstice -a wonderful time of year.