Solstice Meditation

Tonight is the longest night. As we wait in anticipation for the rebirth of the Sun at dawn, it’s helpful to contemplate where we have been and where we are going in the coming year.

It’s important to recognize and celebrate your successes. You have accomplished much, perhaps more than you realize. Name your triumphs and mark your progress. They aren’t isolated to this year – they’re an investment in your future. Build on them as you continue on your chosen path.

But make sure you haven’t forgotten something important – is there something you’ve left behind you will need?

What have you learned about balance and moderation? Does your spiritual practice make you feel good? Does it also equip and inspire you to make the world a better place? Take care that your achievements don’t cause you to withdraw from the Great Work.

Our dreams can inspire us and show us possibilities we didn’t recognize. But at some point we must make a choice and begin the work of turning one vision into reality. There will be forks in your path. Do your homework, make a decision and then move forward boldly. Remember, you’re striving for real growth and true prosperity. Even if you’re sure you’re right, make sure the prize is worth the fight.

The path may be rocky and the way uncertain, but you know where you need to go. The load will be heavy, but you are strong enough. You have wisdom to gain and wisdom to share.

When the time for contemplation ends, the time to act begins.

May the blessings of the reborn Sun be with you and in you in the coming year. Happy Solstice.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.