• Jennifer Rivers

A Light in the Darkness

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.--Walt Whitman

Happy Solstice!

Today in the northern hemisphere, we're celebrating the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. The hope of the light is returning. And to all of you in the southern hemisphere, I hope you're enjoying the Summer Solstice!

I love winter and always have. It’s a time of inward introspection, a time of dreaming up what we wish to plant in the spring while releasing any and all ties to a past that keeps the vision for our greatest lives too small. It’s a perfect day to walk in nature and feel the support of mother earth beneath your feet and the cool winds kiss your cheeks, to spend time with family, make a simple meal and reflect on what you wish to cultivate more of in the new year. Mike and I began our day together with a winter solstice meditation, a reminder that we have both the light and the darkness within us.

It has been a challenging year for many of us. With all that is happening on the world stage and in our personal lives, it might be easy to forget that beautiful light within. The holidays can be a stressful time, with all the celebrations and obligations of the season, the driving, the parties, the cooking, the shopping, the cleaning. The outer world tasks that hook our attention and keep our focus on the external.

Don't forget your inner world. Keep your powerful flame burning brightly, for yourself and for those that walk beside you. Give yourself what you need today. And if you can’t feel the light and only see darkness, can you find the lesson there? The darkness is here for us, to teach us something. To help us grow.

Stop. Take a deep breath and feel the light inside you. Find yourself at this moment. This moment that loves you. This moment that needs you. What are you grateful for in this moment? If you can only find one thing, that is enough. Keep it as your mantra. If you find yourself slipping during your day, remember the one thing you’re grateful for.

1. Create a sacred space while playing soothing music; something like this: 2. Light a candle. 3. Give yourself 10 minutes or more. Sit quietly and watch the candle, looking at it until you feel are no longer separate from the candle. Or, close your eyes and sit focusing on your heart, feeling all the feelings that come and embracing what does come up. Finish by saying "thank you" to the ancestors and all those who came before you for the gift of your life. For the beautiful blessing that you are.

As we look ahead to 2018 I'll be shifting my offerings and services. I’m still coaching one-on-one in 3 and 6-month programs (transformation through self-knowledge with a focus on thoughts and feelings), which can be done by Skype or by phone but will no longer be offering the Spring Cleanse, Fall Quest or Sweet Life online group programs.

Thank you for being a part of my life and for sharing this path of wonder with me!

Sending you love & light, Jen


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