The Solstice has passed, and the Wheel continues to turn. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the days begin to grow incrementally longer. Our friends in the South begin to see the sun retreat; bit by bit, day by day. For all of us, we honor and recognize that the movement of the Earth is a sacred symphony, and we dance along joyfully to the music.
This week on the SDF blog we join one another in a dialogue about our experiences with the SDF liturgy. This is the time to make our voices heard about what it felt like to use the liturgy in our observances of the Solstice. It is our opportunity, as a congregation in solitude, to reach out to one another, to listen to one another, and simply to remember that we are not alone in our journey.
Here are a few ideas about how to support one another in this dialogue:
- Start by sharing your experience of using the liturgy. Offer up only what feels comfortable to you.
- Be kind to yourself.
- Before responding to another person, remember that words are powerful.
- Be kind to one another.
- If you feel that someone isn’t making sense, or you don’t share their perspective, try asking questions, gently. There may be something valuable for you to learn from that person.
When you share your thoughts and feelings about your experience, you may also want to describe which parts of the liturgy were a good fit for you, and which parts you made adjustments to. This is great for everyone to know. It may also be enlightening for you to discover which parts of the liturgy were meaningful to other people. Each person has the freedom to customize the SDF liturgies to suit their specific needs. No one is bound to one, specific way of doing things.
And lastly, there were over 450 people who received the SDF liturgy for this High Day. We cannot know how many people actually incorporated the words into their solitary observances, but that it not ours to know. However, we can rest in the knowledge that there are many others out there like us; people whose practice is done primarily or exclusively in solitude; people who find comfort in the stillness and the silence.
As it is said by the Solitary Druid Fellowship:
I am one, and we are many.
Fellowship in solitude.