We invite you to remember your loved ones who have died by committing an act of kindness in their honor. Love, kindness, generosity, sharing, these are the gifts we can give to them.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/12/12 Auspicious Days

Today is December 12, 2012
Some believe that this date is auspicious, lucky, full of meaning, full of planned weddings, hoped for births, a day of mass meditation and prayer, and some believe it’s just another day on the calendar.
But what's for sure is that it won't be repeated in over a generation. There won't be any other repeating dates like 11/11/11/ or 10/10/10 for 89 years. The next time it happens will be January 1, 2101. Maybe some of us will be here to see the sun rise and/or set on that day, most of us will not. Perhaps, if we are lucky, some of our children, or their children's children, will witness that day.   

According the Mayan calendar this date, 12/12/12 or 12/21/12, is the harbinger of a new era. Not the end of the world,but perhaps a brand new beginning. A new age of peace, a time when human kind can finally decide that we are caretakers of this beautiful planet, and of each other, and that we only really get this one shot.
Reincarnation aside, when we are present in the bodies we are currently inhabiting, this is the only time you get to be the you that you are right now in this body. As Martha Graham said, in one of my favorite quotes of all time, "There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open."  
Perhaps if we can each keep our own channels open, we can benefit from this energy of change that (perhaps) begins today. And even if it doesn't begin by some esoteric numerologic or other mysterious standards, we can certainly decide to begin it all on our own. And perhaps that change can continue throughout this solstice season, through this next era, into the coming of the light, the promise of newness, and of rebirth.
The time of the solstice, the festival of light, the Christmastide, is a time when, whether we realize it or not, we are all quieting our breathing, retreating inward, sowing hopes and dreams and possibilities of something better for the coming of the light half of the year; for our lives, our families, our futures. Even in the depths of darkness, we can know that the light is growing. I hope that on this auspicious date that we are truly being ushered into a new and lasting period of peace and human realization of our Oneness. In this spirit, I can think of nothing that represents the spirit of my child, Theo better than an era of kindness, of goodness and light. That spirit is in us all, the spark of light, the heart of kindness, and the beauty of inspiration. We can be more than we think we are. 
In that spirit, I offer these kindnesses that have been done and that have been shared with me in Theo's honor and in that of others who have gone on.