Winter Solstice is a time for deep reflection. December 21, 2018 is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere; the day with the least amount of sunlight. Here in Michigan, we only have 8.5-9 hours of sunlight today. Although with our typical grey winter skies, we can barely call it sunlight. This darkness is essential for our growth. Although I tend towards optimism and choosing to focus on the positives in life, the truth is we cannot have light without darkness. I encourage all of us to welcome the darkness in the same way that we welcome the light. Darkness affords us an important opportunity to inward and, embrace whatever it is that we find. The more fully we awaken to our true, perfectly imperfect beingness, the more light we will find in our lives.