Blessed Rosh Hashanah

 

We feel the season turning. The early sunset glancing through the red-tinged leaves. The newspaper arriving in the cool morning air. The flock of migrating swallows. A feeling of being on the edge of something new. These are the Days of Awe. A time to welcome a new year and a time to make the old year right before we lay it in its place on the shelf of our memories. We bless the wine and drink. We bless the braided bread and eat. We dip apple in honey, and savor its sweetness. May the sound of the shofar carry us across the threshold where lie the possibilities we imagine for ourselves and our children.

Happy Yule

Today is the Winter Solstice! Hope you have a beautiful day!

If you are looking for ways to celebrate here are some ways for you to do that. I also found some ideas to do with children here.

 Here is a devotional for today:

Winter Solstice Meditation By Christine C Robinson

We join our hearts and minds together in a time of meditation or prayer; spoken, silent, sung, and shared. It is a precious time, and all precious times want preparation, so I invite you to settle yourself in a straight posture, both feet grounded on the floor, to take a deep breath, hold it until you notice your need to breathe out, and relax. I invite you to close your eyes, for vision is the single most energy intensive activity of our brains.

These next few days are the days of the Winter Solstice, a time when those who are very attentive to the skies note that the sun, which has relentlessly moved southward on the horizon since last June, seems to pause on its journey before beginning to climb northwards to center again. Solstice is a time of pause. So…pause. Breathe. Relax. Rest. Be at peace.

Spirit of winter rest, help us to enjoy your peace in this quiet place. 
Remind us to pause during this season. 
Grant us awareness, keep our gratitude fresh each day. 
May the songs in our heart be blessings and insights to us and to others 
and may compassion always shine forth from the depths of our hearts.

I hope you have a blessed solstice.

Namaste,

Cricket

To the Blessing of the Season

By Ken Sawyer

To the blessings of this season,
may our senses be alert
and our hearts take heed,
for in a busy and sometimes tragic world,
beauty is often the comfort most sure.

To the blessings of warm, accepting human relationship,
may our hearts be open
and our minds take heed,
for in a lonely and sometimes frightening world,
friendship is often the support than upholds us.

To the blessings of high ideals and noble aspirations,
may our minds be open,
and our hands take heed,
for in a troubled and sometimes dangerous world,
justice is often the hope that sustains us.

Forgiving each other and ourselves for all we do not sense,
for the love we do not share,
for the acts of justice we avoid,
let us treasure the parts of ourselves that do respond.

Blessed be the life that comforts, sustains and upholds us,
and blessed be we who do, now and then, awaken to its grace.

========================
May these words lift and bless you.

~Namaste
Cricket