Putting old things behind us because this is the turning point of the year; that's what the Winter Solstice represents. I know what I need to put behind me and I focus on moments, not days, to accomplish it.
Since the Winter Solstice occurs during the Christmas season I was thinking about its association to the holiday.
I read that mistletoe, which was sacred because it mysteriously grew on the most sacred tree, the oak, was ceremoniously cut and a spray given to each family, to be hung in the doorways as good luck. The celtic Druids also regarded mistletoe as sacred. Druid priests cut it from the tree on which it grew with a golden sickle and handed it to the people, calling it All-Heal. To hang it over a doorway or in a room was to offer goodwill to visitors. Kissing under the mistletoe was a pledge of friendship. Mistletoe is still forbidden in most Christian churches because of its Pagan associations, but it has continued to have a special place in home celebrations. I have mistletoe in my doorway to the den, an often visited room because that's where the Christmas tree is. The only association I had for mistletoe was people who pass under hanging mistletoe are suppossed to kiss; nothing about friendship--but let's hope the kissers are friends! I like the idea of offering Goodwill to visitors too and the idea that it has good luck and healing connotations connected to it is also pleasing . Ah, here's an idea for the day's moments: In order to put the the things behind me, that need to be left behind me, I will focus moment to moment on the dear, loving friendships and the caring love I have from my children and husband. These are healing and centering thoughts and any thoughts like these, any blessings dwelled upon, kept in my heart and mind, will help me start anew.
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