It is that holy time of year again. A time when here in the northern hemisphere, we await the coming of the light after the long dark nights of winter. It is a time when the Christian world awaits with expectant breath the coming of a child. A time when fir trees are adorned with glistening lights and carolers sing out to passers-by and children smile at snow falling and presents piling up under the tree. It is a time to celebrate the sacred nature of our world, the miracle of life, the waning of darkness soon to become light.
This is a time for renewal, for pause, for welcoming in the light. It is a time to make room for gifts, the gift of life, the gift of love, peace, hope and joy.
It is a time to celebrate the human condition in all its manifestations here on earth. It is a time to celebrate the coming into being – of not just the Christ child, but of all of us.
This is a time of awakening. A time to make room for the spiritual aspects of our nature, the holy essence of our being human. It is a time to slow down, to live in the moment, to appreciate the small things of life unfolding in wonder every day. From the delicate light and warmth of a candle flame to the quiet stillness of the darkness just before the dawn, this is a time to prepare, to make ready, to enter into the anticipation of life coming into being and of light following the darkness.
In this time of waiting and awakening, I invite you to take a deep breath in. In. Out. Breathe. Let your eyes gently close. Let your jaw relax, the muscles of your face soften.
Breathe in. Feel the coolness of the air as it enters your body.
Breathe out. Feel the warmth of your breath as you exhale. Feel the air upon your skin, the softness of its caress.
Feel the world around you, growing quiet, settle into peacefulness and breathe.
Imagine you are standing beneath a star lit sky high upon a hill. Around you the world spreads out in the darkness. Above you a blanket of stars glitter in the velvety dark sky.
Imagine you are all alone yet connected to the millions of others who stand as you do, alone upon a hill beneath the star littered blanket of night.
Imagine, as you breathe in, they breathe out.
Imagine, as you breathe out, they breathe in.
Imagine you are all one breath, connected through this one air you share and breathe into, connected to the millions of others breathing with you. This air that nourishes your body, is the air that nourishes theirs.
And as you stand, breathing as one, you spread your arms wide, raise your face to the moon and stars above and whisper,
“I am here. I am willing. Let the night and the moon and the stars give way to what is to come. I am waiting for the light. In my waiting I open my heart to the beauty and the wonder unfolding all around me. I open my arms to receive the gifts of this season of peace, hope, love and joy. I am waiting.”
We are all waiting.
Let your body feel the peace, hope, love and joy of this wondrous time of year flowing all around and within you. Feel your heart soften, your breath deepen, your mind open wide.
Sit and breathe in the beauty all around, open your heart and mind and soul and body to receive the gifts of the Universe shimmering in the light of a million stars showering your heart in Love.
Breathe. And be one in joyous expectation of the coming of the light.
In this time of waiting, let Love be your companion. Let Love light your way. Let peace be your path from darkness into light.
Now Breathe. Quietly.
And in this moment of quiet, let a song arise within your heart and you wait patiently for the sun to return, for a child to be born.
Let us each be the light in the darkness awakening for all the world to know peace, hope, love and joy.
Expectant Silence (An Advent Poem)
In expectant silence
the world awaits
of a child
In the quiet
of dawning light
streaming rose and gold
threads of glory
filling the sky
with the promise
of a new day
born in the darkness
of the night
the breath of the Divine
rising up within me
awakening my soul
with fluttering wings
and with each breath
I become an oasis