Like many, I am still reeling from the heart-wrenching tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school last Friday. The grief and shock of an event like that is unspeakable. And I know that we are all praying for the families and for healing.
What else can we do? Resolve to seek light in the darkness.
On a much different level of gravity, it is the darkest time of the year and also a time predicted by some to bring the end of the world. As everyone knows by now, the 5,125-year celestial cycle known to the ancient Maya as the Long Count comes to an end (according to some scholars) this Friday on winter solstice.
Much hyped as a prophecy of the end of the world, I choose instead to see this as the end of the world as we know it and the birth of a kinder way of living on this planet. An elder of the Mayan nation states that the prophecy actually calls on all people to unite and change the way we live, in order to usher in an age of harmony, prosperity and peace. Others have picked up this view, calling for acts of love to help “gentle the birth” of a new era of peace.
The best tool I know to gentle any transition is mindfulness. Rather than covering up the pain we feel, learning to be with it and to believe that, paradoxically, tough times hold a priceless gift for us. If we don’t allow ourselves to get stuck in the pain, or the story of the pain, we honor ourselves and can return attention to what we want our lives to be.
Coaches are familiar with the idea that often something must pass away in order for something new to come in. How gentle or rough the birth process will be, is largely up to us.
In the spirit of a gentle birth, I offer up a few Winter Solstice questions that are on my mind;
What was painful about 2012?
What is the message in that pain?
What was joyful?
What is the message in that joy?
What is passing away this winter solstice?
What might be coming in this new year?
How do I want to live now and who do I want to be?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on these or any other question you traditionally ask yourself at this time of the year. Leave a comment on the blog and I’ll respond.
Many Blessings to you for the return of light and the fresh slate of the New Year!