Advent : Week 1

November 28, 2016

 

DECEMBER is coming! Its dark and silent.  Peaceful and slow.  December holds a promise,  no matter how dark or cold or empty it may get, the light is coming back.  The solstice is coming.  The return of the sun will be soon!  When December arrives there is a shift in my soul.  I like the darkness that it holds.  The centering and grounding that surrounds my spirit.  And all the while I am eager for the coming solstice when Mother Earth takes a B I G  deep breath and is reborn.

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If I said any of those things to my children they would just look at me like, “huh?” so that is why we practice advent to count down to the rebirth of the sun, The Winter Solstice.  A way to look inward, to explore the dark and the deepness that this time brings and to spend time each week exploring the natural kingdoms on Earth: minerals, plants, animals, and humans.

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The word “advent” literally means “the coming,” and in this sense, these weeks in December are indeed a time of “advent” for all of us.   The light is coming.

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ADVENT WEEK 1:

The first light of Advent is the light of stone–.
Light that lives in crystals, seashells, and bones.

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What we did:

We discussed how we could take care of Mother Earth.  How can we slow down and take joy in taking care of our planet?  The kids and I went around and picked up any trash and talked about how we can all be better at doing this especially in public places.

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We went for an advent hike.

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We gathered greenery to bring indoors.  We made a advent wreath for our spiral with most of our clippings.

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We rolled candles for each week of Advent.

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We collected seashells, crystals, bones, and stones from around our home to represent the first week.

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This is Advent — when we awaken to our own light of love, deep within us, waiting to be reborn again in the darkness of our own souls.

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