Step into the portal of ritual. This time of year rings of ritual and meaning for many and echoes of emptiness and longing for many more. This being human is relentless, it is an ending chore of intake, release, repeat. What is the portal of ritual that you enter this time of year? Today is Winter Solstice.
Ingest, Digest, Assimilate, Eliminate. Inhale, Delight, Exhale, Wonder
The dark of the night comes. The winds, the rain, the snow, the surf, all swirling around the seemingly static features in life.
What is the portal of ritual that you enter this time of year? Today is Winter Solstice.
A Ceremony to honor this time of year. Our family travelled to Aotearoa and this photo was in front of Lake Taupo, Aotearoa with Hālau ʻŌhiʻa, our Hawaiʻi lifeways.
Solstice, longest night of the year. Earlier this week we choose to celebrate bringing back the light and honoring the dark. For a special night we host a candle gift exchange and simple quality time with friends. It is a ritual to sit in the dark with friends, no devices, and light candles and sing. It is sacred.
In our family, we also celebrate Christmas, with our special expansion of the energy of this event. Christmas Wishes- a Gordon ʻOhana (family) tradition to spread out the joy (and remind our kids, and ourselves, that the true happiness in life is not about materialistic things!!!)
CHRISTMAS W.I.S.H.E.S. 20-25th of December
*Warmth : the energy of life.
World hugs and Heart fire! (when we lived in the Pacific NW we knitted scarves and hats and bought new wool layers. Here we get new sun-shirts if need). You can generate warmth by doing breath of fire (yogic breathwork).
*Illumination : the bringing of the light
– stoke the inner flame (we make candles, luminaries, fires). You can generate illumination through breath of fire and imagine it is igniting the inner fire within you.
*Sweetness : the sweetness of life, hugs, kisses,
and yummy eats, too (chocolate or organic treats) (Toby wants his own organic egg nog). You can generate sweetness by allowing that inner fire to soften your succulent cells with the sweetness of unconditional love, love that is not contingent upon anything else.
*Health : our true wealth
we take a family walk, hike or swim together (we stock up on vitamins or acupuncture or massage).
You can generate health by recognizing how good the sensation of love is in your being. The oxytocin, the God chemical, the substance of life generates wholesomeness in your being.
*Earth : air, fire and water
habitation of humanity, nurturing personal responsibility (we pick up trash, plant trees, mālama ʻāina, take care of the earth).
You can generate earth by allowing the gods to guide your feet, treading lightly with each step, each consumption, each interaction.
*Santa : saint of spirited giving
Good behavior, respect, and we decide on one global charity to donate to, this year to help with bees and goats and trees for communities in need. The spirit of generosity is also demonstrated through gift giving.
You can generate the spirit of generosity by adding to the space between in each interaction.
Speaking kindly, honestly, and wholeheartedly, these rituals are most needed and welcome on this planet.
Warmest wishes to all of you! In whatever portal you enter the sacred. Love.