Happy Solstice, Dear Ones.
For me, this always feels like the true New Year, as we pass out of darkness into greater light, beginning a brand new cycle. This year has been a "hang onto your hats" kind of ride for many people, including myself, and at the end of it, I am sitting back in awe of the journey and tremendous growth. As I reflect, there is one theme that stands out, one that I learned at a deeper level this year and one I find myself reminding others of again and again:
"It's hard being alive, so love yourself no matter what."
We are courageous to be alive on the planet right now--being alive is a gift and a challenge--and self-compassion, self-love is powerful. It brings peace. You can always try again. You can always work towards change, but to love yourself NOW is a gift to you and those around you. It opens you to tender places and allows you to share more deeply with others. And, in truth, to quote my dear friend Dr. Peebles, "what the world wants from you is you," nothing more and nothing less.
Let yourself be. Allow yourself to feel and be whatever you need to feel and be. You are never less-than. You are loved beyond measure.
So, love yourself, and enjoy the happy tune below :)