“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath”. Margaret Atwood
Yesterday we celebrated the summer solstice, Father’s Day, and our twin grandsons’ 19th birthdays with our son’s family when they arrived to spend a relaxing week at our family cabin in the mountains. This evening we will be joined by our daughter’s family. We’ll celebrate our reunion tonight with Grandma Raffa’s traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs…everyone’s favorite meal. Coming together in this beloved place is a special time for all of us. We’ve done it almost every year for the last 21 years, but last year’s pandemic made it impossible.
I’ve just read a lovely blog post about the solstice written by Susan Scott, a dear friend who lives in South Africa where the pandemic is still raging. It seems so surreal, because here it is finally abating to the point that we can once again have our reunion. I’m inspired by how life goes on for her and her family despite all the turmoil her country is experiencing. For them, yesterday was the shortest day and longest night of the year. For us in the northern hemisphere it was the opposite.
This got me thinking about this threshold space between dark and light, winter and summer, night and day, chaos and order… and how our world is always moving between these opposites and always has for millions of years. For me, these repetitive cycles are reaffirming. Partly because I know that light and warmth and new life always come back after times of cold, darkness, and death, and partly because creativity, magic, and infinite possibilities always thrive in the in-between space between opposites.
Susan began her post with the above quote from Margaret Atwood. I found it so hopeful that I decided to borrow it from her. I have to start preparing tonight’s dinner soon and was worried that I might not have enough time to write tomorrow’s post. Fortunately, Susan provided me with the inspiration I needed. It came together quickly.
I’m grateful for these times of coming together. I see the connection between my dialogue with Susan in the in-between space of her beautiful blog. I see a connection between the solstice and our family’s reunion this week. It feels like this in-between space, “the year’s threshold and unlocking,” this merging of interconnected relationships between separate entities, is providing our family with an opportunity to let go of the past and move into a new future. It feels like the same thing is happening for our country. And despite the recent dark time of chaos for all of us, it feels like it’s happening throughout the world.
As our Mother’s physical body — this planet, our mutual home — experiences another life-giving merging of opposites, I send you this blessing: May you trust the phase of the cycle in which you now live, whether dark or light, and may you find inspiration and hope in the magical places between.
Here’s Susan’s post. I hope you enjoy it.
Think psychologically. Live spiritually.
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