How are you? Really and truly, how are you this Sunday morning?

We are fast approaching the winter solstice – that tipping point in winter when days are a short flash and nights are long and dark, dark, dark.

It’s such a beautiful and special time. Having grown up in the far north of Canada, I feel acutely how the seasons tip on an axis of sunlight, and that marker of the longest night, winter solstice, is something I’ve always celebrated, tucked in amongst other holiday celebrations in my family and cultures.

This will be my last letter until the new year, and I thought I’d leave you with a few notes of beauty, ways in which to enjoy the spectrum of joy, darkness, celebration and retreat that these weeks bring up for us.

So here’s to the holidays, and a happy new year!

A free app that helps you get into the meditation habit. The website shares some easily accessible bits and bobs about how helpful meditation is for almost everything under the sun! (I know it helps me)

Known to be the three taboos of polite conversation – Death, Sex & Money is it’s own podcast, and it’s a good one.

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. Have you heard of this book? Or the author Charles Eisenstein? I only learned of him recently, and he’s an inspiration – leading the way into ways of living that step outside our cultural expectations.

Finally, one of my favourite songs, and one that calls me into the darkness of solstice – Loreena McKennit’s song Dante’s Prayer. Ps – if you love the song as much as I do, please do purchase the song off itunes. All artists deserve to make a living from the beauty they share from their hearts.

Oh! And for my female readers – here’s a unique writing course – worth both a new year’s resolution and a gift to yourself: Writing the Womb.

Let me know what you think, and until 2015,

Janelle