It was the winter solstice. Spiritual awakening day

Dec. 21 was the winter solstice, the shortest daylight hours of the year (in the northern hemisphere).

In spiritual circles, it was a big-time to spiritually wake up until yesterday!

Two years ago, I heard from Mr. Yoshikazu Namiki that the gates close at the winter solstice, so I went to hear him talk about it when he was in the US. At the time, I thought it was going to be two years later, Two years passed in a blink of an eye with Corona’s flurry of activity. But now that I think about it, two years have flown by.

What does it mean to be “awake”? When asked, “Are you awake?” Maybe? I’m not sure.

Anyway, yesterday I used the yuzu-yu (Japanese lemon) bath packet that we happened to have at home and ate some pumpkin that I happened to have.   When I finished eating it, I thought that today was a good day to eat pumpkin as a Japanese tradition wishing for good luck and health. It was a coincidence that made me think that I might be awake somehow.

And I’ve been doing yoga sun salutations on the winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice, and autumn equinox, which I’ve been doing since I took a yoga class three years ago. I only did a little bit.

Pumpkin on my heart



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