Happy Winter! And then the snow came, and it was enough to cancel the in person service, however we were able to pull off doing a full online service. A mighty woo hoo to Deana and Scott for making it all happen. And for all of you who showed up on Sunday morning.
The talk title was The Gift of Winter, and it was a good reminder for those who live in states where we actually do have winter, it is a time to go within. I time when nature is in her resting season and for us as well to get more sleep, eat well and relax more.
How often do we fight our need to rest? In our culture of “just do it!”, and our focus on achievement at all costs, we forget that we have a very real, psychological, and physiological, need for rest. Our bodies, minds and spirits need time off.
Another lesson we learn from this season is the importance of letting go. Rumi once observed, “Be like a tree, and let the dead leaves drop.” Winter encourages us, through our observation of nature, to let go. Take some time apart and allow yourself to drop some leaves.
Winter is also the season of hope.
• We hope the bulbs we planted in the fall will bloom in the spring.
• We hope the snow will turn into rain and eventually ripe fields.
• We hope the sun will return in its fullness and warm us once again. We hope.
Charles Fillmore, cofounder of Unity defines hope as “the expectation of good in the future.” The ancients hoped, they believed, that the trees would bud again, that the flowers would bloom again. They dealt with their fear of darkness by celebrating the coming of the light. They had hope that the gods would soon reawaken, and life would return to the earth.
During this season of Winter, I invite you to spend more time resting, relaxing, and in the quiet. Center yourself in the hope, and knowledge, that spring will return, just as the ancients did when they celebrated the hope of light’s return during the solstice. Honor this season, and the season of your life.
“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.” — Rumi
Join us next Sunday both in person or online as we continue the process of moving into 2024 by writing the letter from our higher self and receiving your word for the white stone. For those online come with paper, envelope, and pen along with a piece of construction paper or cardboard about one inch wide and two inches long to write your word on.
This Thursday I will be hosting the Unity Women’s Adventure Group online from 4:00 – 5:30. Registration is required to get the Zoom link.
Know that you are so very loved and appreciated.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey