Friday, November 28, 2008
BlissQuest: Let Your Advent(ure) Begin!
Listening to: It's officially time for this!
Bliss: Leftovers. Need I say more?
In my house, when I was little, we were C & E Catholics. You know -- Christmas and Easter was the only time you would catch us at mass, unless there was a funeral or a wedding or we were visiting my grandparents, who went every week.
We certainly never participated in or did anything for Lent and Advent, and now I know how much we were missing out on -- all that build up and preparation can just add to the actual day.
This Sunday is the first day of Advent, and this year, I am going to light the Advent candles. I love this ritual as a reminder and as a hint of the underlying paganism. This idea of Advent culminates in Christmas but also in the Winter Solstice and the return of light, so it only makes sense to be adding light to our candle wreath as we go through these coming days.
From Christmas/Winter Solstice on, we are building day time into our days. What a wonderful thing. This is one of the ways that I have learned to overcome a predisposition toward Seasonal Affective Disorder -- to really focus on that extra minute or two every day.
In the Catholic church, the Advent season is the beginning of the liturgical year, so you could say that this Sunday is New Years.
And, of course, the end of the Advent season is all about birth, a beautiful metaphor for your creative and spiritual life.
Perhaps you could build an altar with a candle wreath at the center and every Sunday when you light one and more of those candles, you could ask yourself or the universe or divinity what it is that is trying to birth itself through you. Do some journaling around this theme.
What do you want to bring to fruition over the coming year?
Be clear in your intentions and let them light your way.
Another idea: ask for or get yourself a Christmas gift that is centered around that intention. Painting or writing supplies. A fresh journal. Whatever it is that will help you with the step that comes after prayer and meditation: action!