June 21st, 2008

Meditation

Solstice

I am fascinated by the Solstice. Which solstice it is, is of course determined by the hemisphere in which one resides. So for rather a few of the people I read regularly here, it is the Shortest Day of the Year. And, per one of them, COLD. Where I live it is the Longest Day of the Year. And, in a word, HOT.

Not bragging. That's simply to show that on the Solstice, someone will be warm, someone cold.

The Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice for me is a profound date. My father died on the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice. This still brings me to a thoughtful pause on the Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice. Apparently my friend, singingnettle shares this trait this year. She postulated the following questions:

What have you lost this year that you are glad to have lost?
What have you lost this year that you are sad to have lost?
What would you like to leave behind in the coming year?
What losses do you fear in the coming year?
What have you gained last year that you are glad to have gained?
What have you gained this year that you are sad to have gained?
Are there some tiny steps you can take towards what you want to gain, want to lose this year?

Just food for thought.

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