Monday, November 29, 2010
Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, the first day of the New Year in the Church calendar, and we begin that new year with a focus on anticipation and preparation. Many of us are focused on getting to the Winter Solstice, and its fulfillment of the promise of increasing light.
I am diving, instead, into the dark. This is a time for deep reflection and hibernation, a time to rejuvenate on a cellular and spiritual level.
Over this Thanksgiving holiday, I was looking forward to time for rest. I did not get it. Instead my days were filled with activity and obligation to others, which was fine and in and of itself, even fun.
As Advent begins, my calendar is still too full, but as we travel through the following weeks, activities and demands will fall away, and my time will open and clear, becoming...lighter.
This stripping away and getting to the essential seems appropriate to me, as we anticipate and prepare for birth.
What birth are you preparing for? What must be gotten rid of to make room for the new?