In my meditation, I saw bushels of wheat standing in a field, and I heard the word, 'Harvest'. I understand this message to mean now that we've done the work of bringing in the harvest, we can move into a more peaceful state and be grateful for the bounty that surrounds us.
December is a month of slowing down our work and enjoying the holiday season, with all its festive gatherings, bright decorations, and delicious food. In this month, we can take a step back from the, often, frenzied pace of life and take time to reflect on the good life that we have.
December is also the darkest month, with the shortest day of the year on Dec. 21. I love the traditions that many cultures have for bringing more light and warmth into their homes at this time of year. For example, in Sweden, they celebrate the light on St. Lucia's day, 12/13, with processions of singing children carrying candles and lanterns. In Germany, people often have an Advent wreath with four candles to mark each of the four Sundays in Advent. German families and friends light the candle(s) and gather for coffee and cake in the dark late afternoons of December.
So, after working hard all year to satisfy our basic survival needs and maybe a little more, we can take a well-deserved break and enjoy the holidays in whatever way suits us best.
© Erika Marie Rose and Good Vibes, 2019