December 21, 2016 — Happy Winter Solstice! On the darkest day of the year, just before the turning of light, we might stop to acknowledge this crescendo of seasons. We may take in the beauty of icicles and deep snow, which inspire stillness and looking inward. As Thich Naht Hanh said, “If the plant does not become dormant in the winter, it cannot be reborn in the spring." In this way, the seasons mirror our natural rhythms and evolution.
There is time for everything—the possibilities of spring, the high energy of summer, the practicality of autumn, and winter's restriction. Today, we can appreciate restriction and darkness—even sadness or boredom. At the same time, we can open to the incoming light as the days begin to lengthen. If winter is too cold, there is always spring. If summer is too hot, there is always fall. It is all perfect, and worthy of celebration.