Wonder and Awe
“How are you?” I ask. “Busy, really busy.” Just about everyone I’ve talked to in the last couple of weeks responds with that answer. “It’s the holidays, you know. So much to do.”
I find this a bit sad. Not that it’s bad to be busy. That’s fine. But that everyone is so busy, and we’re not really present. We’re focused on presents instead of being present.
Isn’t that the intention of celebrating a holiday together – to be present with each other, and to be present to something that is deeply meaningful? That is my intention for this holiday, and every day.
Earlier this week, I was driving home near the end of one of our recent rainy days. As I exited the freeway, heading west, the clouds over the distant hills were awe-inspiring. There was a little fog in the valley at the base of the hills; then the dark, tree-covered foothills themselves; and above them the last of the storm clouds, like a fluffy, white mountain range hovering over its more dense counterpart.
Behind this cloudbank, the sun was dropping towards the horizon, shining bright, golden beams of light though the gaps between their cotton-like mounds. It looked like heaven’s gate was just beyond.
The beauty was exquisite, and I reflected how every day on this planet is filled with wonder and awe – if we take the time to see it.
How do we not see it all the time? Everything in nature is miraculous. How does a blade of grass create itself, so precisely and delicately as a soft, green, pliable shoot from a tiny seed? Or an oak know how to unfold itself from an acorn? How can we not marvel at everything around us?
Yes, every day is full of wonder, from the most bitter winter day to summer’s blaze of glory. Do we have the eyes to see it, or are we “too busy”? How we choose to look at what is around us determines not only what we see, but how we feel about life.
At this winter Solstice here in North America on December 21st (or reflect on your coming summer if you are down under), we can look at the longest night and the dark, cold days ahead with dread and sorrow, or we can wonder at the icicles or the rain, the cycle of life, the rabbit camouflaged in the snow. We can allow the quiet time of nature to foster our own quiet time, seeking the inner light, like the lone candle lit in the darkness. It is the darkness of winter that reveals the brilliance of that light.
How fitting that, during this winter season, I have been called to begin a new spiritual community, called Awakening Heart. I have named it so because I rise every morning inspired to connect more deeply to the Divine and to support you in awakening to your Divine nature. The heart is the essence of this process. When we heal and open the heart, allowing love to pour through us, awakening naturally and spontaneously unfolds.
Thus, Awakening Heart was born… and will be gathering on the 2nd Sunday of every month in Palo Alto, CA. If you are local, please join me and invite anyone who is called to awaken their True Self. Information is below or on the Awakening Heart Spiritual Community webpage.
I am also expanding my online presence this winter – beginning with my new monthly column, Awakening Through the Seasons, in Sibyl Magazine: For the Spirit and Soul of Woman, online in January. Sibyl Magazine is filled with inspiring articles and poetry for your unfolding spiritual journey.
Winter, more than any season, challenges us to go deeper within, to find our faith and light in the time of darkness. That light, more than anything else, fills us with wonder and awe – that we have everything we long for, right here, inside. Take the time to go inward, and trust that winter’s long embrace makes way for seeds of something greater to germinate.
Have a blessed Solstice. Peace and Love to you.