Happy Winter Solstice Everyone!
I love celebrating winter solstice. It's a beautiful time to turn inward and connect deeply within. Solstice throughout the ages represents the shortest day of outer light, with the promise of emerging light each day forward, as we move towards summer solstice. For me, winter is a time of deep reflection, connection, and consideration as I deliberately water my inner radiance. What will emerge from my quiet stillness? What are the patterns that no longer serve me, and can prayerfully be released to create room to manifest more joy, more peace, and more love to share with those who need.
This time of year with all it's excitement is also stressful. For our elders, and those who suffer in pain or illness... it's especially hard to get it all accomplished, and keep up with or even show up to all the festivities. If you are struggling, honestly reach out for help, if you are full with strength and peace...who can you support? You don't have to look to far to offer a hand, wrap a gift, or sit with someone quietly who needs your company... listening to the rhythm of their breath...listen to yours.
I wish all of you a Blessed Solstice and peace in your hearts! May the circles of celebration you participate in be lit with love and honor for the human spirit. May your body ~ mind ~ and spirit find renewal, nourishment, and gratitude for your remarkable human journey!
Blessings ~ Caron
This morning I started my day treating a beautiful soul who was one of the many who responded to help and support following 9-11. The memories rose from her body as if it was yesterday. The grief poured from her heart as she remembered, and continues to remember...year after year.
Today I remember all those "lights" and beautiful souls we lost 16 years ago. I send love, and heart felt gratitude for those who responded, with open hearts, strength, courage, and skills to support all that was needed in the days, weeks, and months that followed. Compassion, prayers, and blessings of strength to those who continue to mourn their loved ones, and for those who silently deal with the traumatic shock of bearing witness to to one of the most tragic days NYC has known.
Please know you are all remembered and lifted especially today. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all. ~ Caron
Closing cycles. Not because of pride incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are. ~ Paulo Coelho
In the past two months I’ve seen several movies, watched a tv series, and attended a broadway show…approximately 35 hours of my life. The shows stirred my soul, and made me curious about the energy that surrounds us each day. Don’t get me wrong, they were worth my time, and I even enjoyed them. The curious part was that as I reflected on the themes associated with each of these movies I experienced the truth of the saying, “art imitates life.”
In “Concussion" we learn about the deception associated with brain injury in the sport of football, and the brave doctor who risks it all to bring the truth to light. In “Spotlight” we witness the coverup of sexual abuse by priests in Boston, and the dedicated news team who doesn’t stop until they publish the truth. “The Big Short” reveals the story of how a few souls consciously used their power to make millions of dollars by selling mortgages to those who would never be able to afford to pay them off. The foundation of their greed manifested a financial disaster and just about totally crashed the stock market. In “Joy” a single Mom living a life of debt, suffering, and pain creates an invention and is betrayed by her financers, lawyers, and family until she fully gets on her own side to stand in and speak her truth. "Resonance: Beings of Frequency" speaks to the known dangers of using cells phones and the effects of electromagnetic radiation on our bodies and in our environment.
These movies have sparked a curiousity deep within me. As one who supports others to make the necessary changes for reducing pain and living a more joyous creative life I see betrayal each day. Betrayal of the body, mind, heart and spirit that awaken dis-ease. I wonder if some of the deception reflected in our world creates the opening for us to deceive ourselves. If this writing speaks to you, take some time to turn inward, take off the masks, and consider where you might be betraying the song of your body, mind, heart, and soul. With compassionate action, courage, and mindful focus transformation unfolds and peace awakens.
Blessings of peace....Caron
Excitement opened within me as I considered the menu and what would nourish us as we reconnected. Earlier, before work I looked up some recipes but couldn't come up with something that felt right. That is the case most of the time as my cooking always has a creative and passionate flair for combining textures, flavors, and colors. I'm no chef! However, you would never know it when I'm in cooking mode. One of the things that relaxes me and supports my peace is creating beautiful and nourishing food.
It was the first cold night of the season and I was filled with a sense of excitement as my husband lit the fire and committed to it's care. I put on the music and began my creative cooking venture in the kitchen. Everything prepared, kitchen cleaned up, table set, candles lit, we sat to enjoy a glass of wine and gaze at the fire before our friends arrived.
I reflected on the beauty of fire, received it's warmth, and experienced the transformative qualities of the blaze before me. Into the fire I released the stress of the holidays, the pain I carry for others who suffer struggling to find peace in the midst of pain, and the sadness I prayerfully carry for all those around the world who live with war each day of their lives. The sparks flare as light fills me...the pain lifts...and prayers unfold within me to shower peace within the hearts of all...dear G-d I wish it was that easy...however, the experience reshaped all heaviness into hope.
Our friends arrived, hugs all around. After some time catching up in front of the fire, we held hands to say grace before our meal. I could feel the energy running through us as we gave thanks for beauty of the meal, for each other, our children and grandchildren, parents and furry friends, prayers for filled bellies in those who are hungry, and peace throughout our world. The meal was delicious, and music mutually enjoyed. However the healing nature of friendship, food, and fire filled me with a sense of peace that called me to share it's essence with all of you.
Many Blessings of Peace during the holidays...find what nourishes you, and do as much as you can of it each and every day. ~ Caron
I always feel the "September Shift" within me. My sandals get their last licks, schedules change, school year traffic begins, and I can even sense the leaves getting restless as we move toward Autumn. Over the years, I've noticed there is a swing of my inner rhythm as the seasons change. Are there adjustments that happen within you, in your schedule, or the way you live your life during the change of the seasons? Take a few moments today to consider what would support you as September begins.
September's class schedule is included below. It's been wonderful to keep in touch and see those of you who have been able to come out to Jericho, NY. I am using Meetup for scheduling as it is an great way of reaching local community. It's also a user friendly resource for you to find different classes that are close to your home and suit your interests. Sign up for free today and begin exploring your options! Also included for those of you who live on Long Island is a schedule of some interesting events happening this month. Click here!
I'll be teaching a new 6 week Turning Inward course, October 1st. The course is open to new and returning students. I've received lots of feedback from return students that each time they take the course the capacity to move deeper into personal commitment, inner connection, and manifesting change improves. That's been wonderful to hear! Please sign up for Turning Inward here.
I'm including a link to an article about meditation research from Harvard that has some interesting conclusions. These findings resonate with my personal meditation experience. Over the years my practice has gifted me with more focus, capacity for presence, and personal peace. Read the article here. This month I will be teaching a new meditation class on Thursday evenings. Come join me to begin your practice or to strengthen your ongoing commitment.
Enjoy the Blessings of September! There are still plenty of fresh local fruits and vegetables at your local Farmer's Market. Drink in the last days of summer and take time to plant seeds for what you are wanting to create this Autumn.
Blessings of peace,