Barbara Emrys

The Seasons of You

This is the time of year when cultural traditions around the globe celebrate the wonder of renewal. In the northern hemisphere, the longest nights of winter are dwindling, inviting the possibility of new birth. In the south, springtime has yielded to summer days and the promise of abundance. Once again, the sun is making its farthest appearance from the equator, shifting the seasons and giving humanity cause to pay tribute to life’s countless gifts. 

Of course, we’ve learned to take season changes for granted, and in much of the world those changes are barely apparent. Seasons come and go, unnoticed for the most part, while we remain spellbound by a dream. We’ve set ourselves firmly in a world of thoughts and ideas. Clocks and calendars manage our actions. So what does it matter that the seasons change, that the moon rises over here, and the sun now sets over there? It matters to the health of the planet, of course, and it also matters to our mental health as humans. 

To those minds who wish to awaken and reflect life impeccably, it’s important to remember that everything moves in shifting cycles. Perceptions, too, have their seasons. In the time of the solstice, use the power of your attention to move through different dreams with grace. Let go of rituals that disturb your emotional peace. Renew your faith in life itself. Welcome the moments that connect you with truth. 

Truth is life’s relentless current– it’s everywhere and all around us. It hides behind all traditions and stories. It lives beyond the noise of sleigh bells and caroling. It glistens in the eyes of distracted friends and fretful relatives– it is the calm at the center of every tempest. Truth is you. However far you roam, truth is where you live…and truth is calling you home for the holidays. 

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