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Life is a celebration of love and consciousness

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Celebrate every day, every moment, every success and every failure. Life is a celebration of love and consciousness.” 
― Debasish Mridha MD

When Women Were Birds

Image Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” 
― Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

 



 

Let’s Talk About It

We are talking about Celebration this month in The Espirational Community on Facebook.  While due to the founders of this site’s personal backgrounds this is a Christ based Website this site and The Espirational Community  is a place for people of all faiths to gather, discuss and praise the God of us all. Please consider this your invitation to join our community and participate in the discussion of this timely topic.

20% OFF Gallery Purchase During June Only

Just a reminder that we are offering a 20% discount on all art purchased from the Espirational online Gallery During June.

To claim you discount you need to enter the coupon code at time of checkout.  The coupon will expire at the end of June.

Coupon Code:  celebrate-6/2018

You could use your discount to buy something like this.

Rocky Mountain Skyline
48″ x 36″

 

Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light on the Shortest Day of the Year

Have you ever wondered about the difference between an equinox and a solstice?

According to the National Weather Service an equinox is one of the “two times of the year when the Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in a “nearly” equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes.”  The Equinoxes occur in the Spring (Vernal) and Autumn (Autumnal).

A solstice occurs “at the moment the earth’s tilt toward from the sun is at a maximum. Therefore, on the day of the summer solstice, the sun appears at its highest elevation with a noontime position that changes very little for several days before and after the summer solstice…  The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. ”

So on this day, December 21, 2017 we are experiencing the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Is it any wonder  so many cultures and religious traditions celebrate light during this season?

Winter Solstice is observed as a Pagan Holiday with ritual and celebration involving light, including bonfires.  We know that our own celebration of Christmas includes traditions and practices “borrowed” from other cultures and religions.  So on this shortest day and longest night of the year it seems fitting to at least take a few moments to stop and reflect on the light that shines in the darkness no matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs.   Light a candle, or a bonfire or set out luminaria along your driveway, hang lights on you house, put a great big smile on your face and let that light shine!

 

Resources:

National Weather Service

Holidays and Traditions Around the Winter Solstice

Celebrating Winter Solstice as a Christian Family

 

 

Spreading the Light #1

English: Glass candle light holder
English: Glass candle light holder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember celebration is a state of mind. All the other stuff — elaborate gifts, food and drink, excessive spending is optional. Money is not required to express the joy of the season.

Even the rushed, busy, non stop flurry of  activity is a choice.  So this year, try just slowing down.  Life will still go on.  The holidays will still go on.  Take a deep breath and remember what this season means to you.  This could be your most meaningful holiday yet.