This is my prayer for winter solstice 2013: that we have at last reached the depths of the darkest night before the beginning of a new dawn. Warm solstice season wishes to all, including our beloved animals, plants and planet, for the return of light in all of our lives.
We tried shifting our wake-sleep cycles so they were more in sync with the rest of nature. We slowly switched most evenings to quiet reading, meditating or relaxing before sleep rather than seeking out the stimulation of computers, hyperkinetic TV and films or other media before bed.
Stanford University scientists Paul and Anne Ehrlich have issued a report titled "Can a Collapse of Global Civilization be Avoided?" in the Jan. 8, 2013 issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences division, revealing that "global collapse appears likely."
For those of us interested in how right-brain connection could alter our species' presently destructive relationship with the rest of nature, it seems critical that many more people experience the holistic, blissful feeling of oneness with all there is in our amazing universe.
Couples, families, and therapists need to educate themselves on how to adjust daily habits to incorporate environmentally friendly alternatives in a way that doesn't disrupt relationships with loved ones.