In the U.S., everything slows this week as the Christian liturgical calendar rolls into Christmas. For those who enter into the religious part of the holiday, it is a time of warmth, light and an incredible story of the Divine love seeking out humanity. It's filled with the possibility of birth and new life.
It also marks a liminal season between years that usually arrives with time off and a few minutes to reflect. No matter your faith or spiritual tradition, may it prove an uncommonly meaningful time with friends and family as you prepare for the new year.
As inspiration for those who renewing people or the earth, I give you wisdom culled from the deep reserves of literature by Clarissa Pinkola Estes in a letter she wrote some years ago. May it serve as feast and fuel for the journey to 2014.