The Winter Solstice marks the long darkness of winter, which provides us with opportunities for solitude, quiet, and self-reflection. We benefit enormously by using this time to reflect on what the year has brought us. This year’s Winter Solstice is particularly powerful because Saturn, which in its home sign of Capricorn, is providing energetic emphasis for honesty, truth, and resolving problems.
I read the email and immediately felt stung by criticism. I tried to stay present to my reactions. I noticed my body sensations – the familiar block in my throat and tightness in my chest. Then I watched my thoughts and the stories that spun out in my head in response to the criticism.
I really wanted to move on. But the problem seemed to have a mind of its own and it kept eating at me. Eventually I talked to my wise friend Paula about my dilemma. She said, “Here’s the problem. You can’t solve this with your head. This is a place your mind can’t go.”
Chickpea to Cook One of my favorites of Rumi's stories, Chickpea and Cook tells us about the fire of transformation. Through heat we are challenged, re-worked, and ultimately transformed. The process [...]