You Are the Light That Is Returning

Today is the occasion of the Winter Solstice. On this day,  I usually reflect on the meaning of the season – this period of stillness when the sun stops before it once again begins its ascent.  The origin of the word solstice comes from the Latin word for sun, “sol” and the Latin word “sistere” which means stopped or stationary.  Over the years,  translations of the Latin derivations were converted into old French and then middle English to create the one word “solstice”.

I became most connected with the meaning of the solstice with the help of one of my teachers. David Lipschutz or Swami Enoch Dasa Giri gave a wonderful dissertation on the Winter Solstice back in 2001.  I try to listen to the recording each year to remember the significance of this phase in our cycle.  This year, I transcribed it so that I could read it again and again (also, I don’t know how long my old cassette player will continue to run). Copying down the words summoned a new intensity and brilliance for the piece.  The wonder of its simplicity was fresh and motivating.  I would like to share some of my teacher’s words with you.

“You are the light that is returning. You are the sun that has returned. You are the light that grows every day; you are the gift that is to be given. Dedicate yourself afresh to finding that light with delight and being a source from which that light emanates. For there are others near you who are hungry. They have forgotten what is it that they seek. If you wish to be peaceful, give that peacefulness to others. If you want to be loved, give that love. If you want to be taught, teach.


Love, appreciate and accept those around you – especially the ones that annoy you. They are the ones that are waiting for someone or something to reveal their beauty to them because they have forgotten the snows of yesteryear.”  –Swami Enoch Dasa Giri

Go in peace, be at peace and share that peace with those around you.

4 thoughts on “You Are the Light That Is Returning

  1. Lorraine

    This message is so beautiful and meaningful, especially at this time of year.
    Thank you so much for sharing it!

  2. Susie Engdahl

    Hi Kim,
    I’m a little late with so much going on. I just read this post. I just wanted to say that I feel the same as Lorraine. This message was truly touching. Thank you for all that you do and the insightful ways that you speak to us. May you and your family have a Blessed Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

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