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Happy Solstice

In a meadow of delight.

A Blessing for the New Year

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble
May the clay dance
To balance you

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the curragh of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

…from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, Doubleday, 2008 by John O’Donohue

Almost winter light.

The awakening is the purpose. The awakening of the fact that in essence we are light, we are love. Each cell of our body, each cell and molecule of everything. The power source that runs all life is light. So to awaken to that knowledge, and to desire to operate in that realm, and to believe that it is possible, are all factors that will put you there.

~ Dolores Cannon, The Convoluted Universe — Book One

Snow, ice, and light.

Love.  That simple word is my word/theme for the year.  Just love.  No accoutrements or impedimenta.  Just love.  ♥

After all the pondering and reading and exploring of words, I read this last night:

Imagine putting down all that baggage you’ve been dragging around and then filling a tote bag, a little red one, with love.  Imagine traveling with just that — and nothing else — wherever you go.

What you take with you now is entirely up to you.

~ Meggan Watterson

It’s from the book Reveal: A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked.  Shortly after the Women’s March, I came across a list of recommended reading for women interested in transforming themselves and, maybe, the world.  Reveal was on the list.  I don’t know about the world and its transformation.  I have to start with me and where I am, and hope that it ripples outwards some day.

Drops in the water.

The Solstice is a time of quietude, of firelight, and dreaming, when seeds germinate in the cold earth, and the cold notes of church bells mingle with the chimes of icicles. Rivers are stilled and the land lies waiting beneath a coverlet of snow. We watch the cold sunlight and the bright stars, maybe go for walks in the quiet land. . . . All around us the season seems to reach a standstill — a point of repose.

~ John Matthews


Thank you for visiting today.  Happy whatever you might be celebrating this season!

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂


A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  486)  The beauty of morning and evening light.  487)  The slant of shadows.  488)  Songs of the earth and the universe.  489) Singing out loud, full throated and full hearted.  490)  Wisps of fog dancing through the meadows just before sunrise.

One of Autumn 2017’s last sunsets.

A song, just because:  Bring ’em all in


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

20 thoughts on “Happy Solstice

  1. A wonderful collection of thoughts appropriate for the day. Wonderful … at the end I exhaled and felt more relaxed than I did when I started. For me, loved the Cannon quote. More the joys and reflection of the day be with you.

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  2. John O’Donoghue remains my favourite writer (and speaker) of wisdom, whether it be prose or poem. It was the summer Solstice here and the long light is my favourite thing of the season. Now, while your light slowly increases, ours will slowly diminish. It is such a magical thing that our earth gives us the opportunity to appreciate what we have, knowing that far away the opposite happens. I love that my consciousness is expanded in this way. ‘Love’ is a good word to live with for a year!

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  3. What a beautiful post, Robin! I had the same reaction as Frank–I just felt so relaxed and well, I just felt good, after reading this. Love, peace, light–just beautiful!
    Thank you for the song, too. The Wailin’ Jennys is a group that every time I hear them (like on A Prairie Home Companion), I remember how much I like them. 🙂
    (It’s been a long couple of weeks, and I am trying to catch up on people’s posts.)

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    1. You’re welcome and thank you, Merril. 🙂 I’m the same way about the Wailin’ Jennys. Somehow I forget about them until I hear them again and remember how much I like them. 😀
      (I’m far behind, too, and about to give up all hope of catching up.)

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