Evergreen, ever new.

Light and life return.

The dark and cold of winter become the warmth and light of summer. Autumn becomes winter, winter becomes spring, spring becomes summer.

Experience now the beauty of the cycle, the power of the rhythm.

We are in the passageway from autumn to winter, light to dark, returning to light, the passing of the old year and the arising of the new, and yet old and new are merely labels that we apply to a rhythm that knows no old and new, no beginning and no end. It knows only itself, arising and becoming and passing, eternally.

Life is always in the process of renewing itself. And in that fact there is great hope.

Summer, winter, spring and fall, the evergreen remains constant. In that constancy there is sacredness. There is no thing in life that is unchanging. Change is the nature of all that is. The evergreens too lose their needles, sprout new green growth, the pine cones fall to the ground, the tall trees are struck by lightning. The evergreen like every life form is subject to death and disease. And yet among the evergreens are many ancient ones that have stood century after century, as sentinel, as witness, firm and strong. The spirit of the evergreen is close and intimate with the spirit of the rock and of the mountain. All of these give strength and teach us how to stand firm, to hold our center.

Perhaps this season you are decorating a tree, an evergreen. Take time to honor it, to experience it as life renewing itself. If possible, let it be a live tree and plant it later. Then you experience that renewal directly. You do not take from the earth. You give to it.

If that is not possible, buy a tree that has been raised on a farm and would have been cut down anyway, and honor it. Give its life and death meaning by recognizing its sacred nature. Its spirit lingers, and will enliven the tree as long as it is with you. Give it water, and love it, and it will love you. Children especially will feel the difference, how the tree you have bought is happier if you sing to it, honor it, and love it. Then take it back to the forest when you are done, if at all possible, and return it to the earth.

If you live in a place where the evergreens grow, take time around the solstice to go to the forest and walk among the evergreens, to feel the presence of the ancient ones, the rhythm of life, the constant renewal. At the solstice the light is becoming dark and the dark is becoming light. This rhythm is a constant, an underlying presence in your life from year to year. There are presences in this world that abide, not forever, but for a very long time. In their abiding they offer their strength and their wisdom to those people who choose to stop and honor and enjoy the presence of spirit. The evergreens can give you this experience.

At this season, may the spirit of the evergreen bless you. May you be touched by the presence of spirit, in your heart and in your home.

May all beings be happy, peaceful and free of suffering.


Donna Thomson
Glorieta, New Mexico

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Previous Meditations

November 2005 - What Can We Do?
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Summer 2005 - The Brave Little Parrot
Spring 2005 - Do You Know?
February-March 2005 - The Inner Treasure
November-December 2004 - The Light at the Heart of Everything
September-October 2004 - Continuous Prayer
July 2004 - The Open Heart
March February 2004 - Global Awareness
New Years 2004 - Know Yourself
December 2003 - Community
November 2003 - The Star
September 2003 - Illumination
July 2003
May 2003 - The Legend of Waterwoman
April 2003 - Easter
March 2003 - What Do You Value?
February 2003 - Energy
January 2003 - New Years 2003
December 2002 - Christmas 2002
November 2002 - The Presence of Spirit
October 2002 - The Spirit of Love and Peace
September 2002 - Hope
August 2002 - Ask and You Shall Receive
July 2002 - Faith
June 2002 - The Circle
May 2002 - Strength and Power
April 2002 - Water
March 2002 - A Prayer
February 2002 - The Feast of Imbolc
January 2002 - Remember
December 2001 - Inner Silence
November 2001 - Weeping for the World /Impermanence (Anicca)
October 2001 - Non-violence
September 2001 - Affirmation
August 2001 - The Mirror of the Cosmos
July 2001 - Energy
June 2001 - Simplicity
May 2001 - The Labyrinth
April 2001 - Spring, Renewal, Rebirth
March 2001 - Joy and Sorrow
February 2001 - Take Good Care of Yourself
December 2000 - January 2001 - Winter Solstice and New Year's Meditation
November 2000 - Peace
October 2000 - Love
September 2000 - The Space Between
August 2000 - Creativity
July 2000 - Honoring the Earth
June 2000 - Walking the Path
May 2000 - Cosmic Energy
April 2000 - Nurturing
March 2000 - How to Consult an Oracle, Equinox Meditation

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