Winter Solstice 2011

Winter Solstice 2011 Mandala

This mandala looks like a cosmic flashlight exposing an opening into an inverted version of our universe…a parallel universe. And just for the fun of it, I used the “invert” effect in photoshop on the mandala and below is the result. Interesting.

Winter Solstice 2011 Mandala - Inverted in Photoshop

The mandala also looks like a magnification of one of the items flying by in the stream of red, green and gold flowing horizontally across the paper.

At the Newgrange mound in Ireland, built over 5,000 years ago, the only time the sunlight comes in to light the passageway and chamber inside is at sunrise on the winter solstice. Those who built the mound paid attention to and paid homage to this time of year. The sunset is aligned at Dowth.

So what does it all mean?  What’s the message here?

Winter solstices mark the beginning of a new cycle…it’s Earth’s new years day in the northern hemisphere. New light is shed onto the next 12 months, with new energy to help us move along in our earthly and spiritual evolution.

Why wait until the new year to start anew with whatever goals and aspirations we have for ourselves in 2012? If we start now, we’ll already have a running start by the time we sweep all the party favors up off the floor on January 1.

Along with this winter solstice we will also experience a new moon in three days on December 24…an added energy boost for starting anything new.

Rather than setting specific goals such as lose 40lbs or organize the garage, how about we strive for more deep-rooted life-style commitments such as loving and respecting ourselves in every way, living authentically, or being true to ourselves.

When we truly love and honor ourselves, we will naturally eat more appropriately and take better care of our bodies…which will produce the desired results of dropping 40lbs.

We when love and honor our surroundings, we will naturally do whatever we can to make our environment more pleasing…which will produce the desired results of having a clear and organized garage.

And we have the added bonus that when we love and respect ourselves, we will automatically love and respect others.

We just have to remember that when we do something counter to our commitments, that we quickly recognize it, pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back on track.

I hear this countless times and it’s just as true here…slips are not the problem, it’s what we do after we slip. Do we want to wallow in self-pity and self deprecation or do we want to move forward with the intent of doing better next time? It’s your choice.

Just like they tell us when meditating…as soon as we catch ourselves thinking about anything, we are to stop right there, without any judgment or further thoughts, and return to the breath…always come back to the breath.

Life is a celebration and while a lot of us in the northern hemisphere are experiencing cold and wintery weather, with nature in hibernation all around us, beneath the surface there is a promise of new growth and more light just around the corner.

Let’s release that which fails to serve us any longer and embrace a new commitment to shine our light even brighter than before…be the loving beings that we are meant to be.

Happy Winter Solstice!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady