Winter Solstice: the time to increase our light

This year the Winter Solstice is Thursday, December 21, 11:28 am Eastern Standard Time.

It’s the shortest day of the year because there are fewer daylight hours than any other day.

But the good news is that from this point, daylight will get longer day by day.

The Ancients, and still many indigenous people today, mark this day with bonfires to celebrate the return of the light. It’s also a way of inviting the return of the light.

It’s the Law of Attraction at work.

There is a lot of suffering and confusion in the world right now, so this is a really good time for us to pull ourselves up and let our own light shine, too.

The Christmas Book Flood. Why not here?

christmas book flood

In Iceland, books are the traditional Christmas gift as part of  the “Christmas Book Flood.” Books educate, inform, delight and inspire, and we can all use some of that.

Meanwhile, here in the U.S. in the past week, many people have been promoting their products for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and, even though I have books and courses to sell, I didn’t do any of that.

I missed it, rather intentionally. And while Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday, I’ve become rather put off by the focus on food and shopping.

On Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday of every November here in the U.S., we supposedly give thanks for all we have, then the next day run out to buy more stuff that we don’t really need.

Some stores even open on Thanksgiving day for people to start their shopping — I boycott those stores year round!

To add insult to injury, the Thanksgiving Holiday was founded on a lie: the lie that happy Pilgrims and Native Americans feasted together to give thanks for the Pilgrims making it through a hard winter.

The truth is that the first Thanksgiving was proclaimed by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1637 to celebrate the safe return of an armed militia which slaughtered 700 Pequot Indians. The nice story we’ve been handed down through generations is a work of fiction.

Regardless of that history, the idea of a Day of Thanks is a good one, and one we should all take to heart.

But back to the concept of Holiday shopping:

Things that get better with age

better with ageA friend recently emailed me this article about things that get better with age. It’s uncredited, and when I researched where it might have come from,  I found it all over the internet!

I never found an author credit, and I certainly don’t take credit for it. But these simple wisdoms can certainly lift our spirits at a time when we need all the inspiration we can get.

I hope you enjoy it!

Time gets better with age

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.” Age 5


I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7

When thoughts and prayers may not be enough

thoughts and prayersWe live in a time of upheaval, confusion and great cruelty. It’s a time when sending “thoughts and prayers” is criticized as not enough. And it well may not be.

I write an inspirational blog but these days it’s been hard for me to write uplifting posts about the law of attraction, manifestation and maintaining a positive attitude when the news is filled with more and more tragedy on a daily basis.

Speaking for myself, I often feel angry and helpless. And I struggle to maintain a positive outlook. You may feel the same.

Is there a light at the end of this tunnel?

Many spiritual teachers say that what is good right now is that what has always been hidden is being revealed. What is toxic is finally coming out so it can be eliminated and healed. I hope that’s true.

Meanwhile, what’s the average person to do?

How to be someone who can attract what you want

attract what you wantThis is a guest post by Rebecca Temsen on how to attract what you want in life:

Whether you have read “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne or you have heard friends speak about the Law of Attraction, you may be wondering how you can really attract what you want in life.

Could something as simple as “believing in something” or “knowing it will happen” make our lives better?

It may seem like a tall-tale, but the law of attraction may actually work.

Here are some practical and easy-to-understand ways in which the law of attraction works: