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The view from our cabin. Today the sun rises at 8:49am and will set at 4:16pm

Happy Winter Solstice!

This is the Solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go and becomes the future; the place of caught breath. —Margaret Atwood

On this day—the shortest day and longest night— we honour both the darkness and the return of the light. This balance of night and day is an essential part of the balance of the universe.

Winter in Alberta, Canada is a dark season. Our days are short and often very cold. Here at home, we spend more time together indoors near the fireplace, reading, visiting, and making music. We slow-roast our meals and bake more. We rest, daydream, and make plans for the garden for the upcoming spring and summer. These last dark weeks of winter are a time of reflection and inwardness. For me personally, this is a time of taking stock and letting go of the things that are no longer working in my life; a time of appreciating change and the freshness and new ideas that change often brings; a time of gratitude for my life and my loved ones.

Wishing you all peace, harmony, health, abundance and prosperity!