Advent is a time of hope, reflection, anticipation and preparation for all of us who wait to celebrate the Light coming into the world. Advent is a time of longing for all of us who are Christian as we commemorate the Incarnation Feast (the birth of the Christ). The Season of Advent, as well as the feasts and festivals of all the other great world religions is based on the seasons, the rhythms and movement of nature, the positioning of the sun, moon and stars. For those of the Jewish faith, it is a time of the eight day festival of lights set at the darkness of the moon called Hanukkah. In the Zen Buddhist tradition, this is a time of Rohaste or Bodi Day, the enlightening of all human beings.
Advent is the Taoist festival of renewal and reflection, Ta Chin. Hopefully, we will take time from the busyness of our holiday preparations to consider our spirits. What is our relationship to God, Earth, Heart, and Home? Let us keep our priorities clear as to what is important and prepare our hearts to celebrate the Feast and Season of Christmas.