#66 Silent Light

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Welcome to the Sounds of SAND podcast and our final episode of the year. Today we present an Anthology episode culling poetry, song, talks and conversations from this podcast as well as Science and Nonduality conferences and events from the past decade.

As the world around us quiets down and a blanket of stillness descends, we find ourselves at the heart of an ancient cultural and spiritual celebration – the winter solstice. People through out time have revered this moment of deep winter for its mystical powers of regrowth, healing, and hope that it’s always darkest before the light returns.

Indeed many ancient civilizations noticed that the days were getting longer in the days just after the Winter Solstice. They celebrated the coming of longer days, the return of the sun in ancient Greece and Rome, Pagan religions and even the birth of Jesus in the Christian Religion all occurring in late December.

These days with the polycrises of environmental collapse, cultural fragmentation, economic inequality and the brutal violence of wars in places like Gaza, Ukraine, and Sudan we are all entangled in the dark blanket of shared grief.

We’ll hear from SAND speakers like Maya Luna, Lama Rod Owens, Gabor Mate, Adyashanti, Mirabai Star, and Michael Meade who touch into themes of the dark night of the soul, silence, and a prayer for light to return to our collective consciousness.

You can find the full list of speakers with timestamps in the Topics section.

Please join us and settling in as we take a sonic journey as the season of silence is upon us. If you’re listening in the Southern part of the world, where the long days of summer are now expanding, I hope this episode finds you when deep winter arrives in June.

Thank you for listening and being the shared light of awareness.

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  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:04:44 – Joan Tollifson
  • 00:09:45 – Pamela Wilson
  • 00:13:04 – Adyashanti & Gabor Maté
  • 00:20:33 – Lama Rod Owens
  • 00:22:17 – Vera de Chalambert
  • 00:34:45 – Fred LaMotte
  • 00:43:19 – Mirabai Starr
  • 00:54:37 – Maya Luna
  • 01:00:23 – Amoda Maa
  • 01:19:53 – Michael Meade

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