Advent is a time of waiting, of slowing down, of expectation and anticipation. And while Advent is certainly about preparing oneself for the birth of Jesus, it is so much more than that.
It is about preparing for the birth of hope, love, light, and possibility in our own lives. It is about getting caught up in a vision and a story bigger than our little piddly, ego-driven, non-sense story that focuses way too much on the "Kingdom of me."
It is about letting something be born anew in our hearts...something that calls us to align ourselves with God's vision/Love's vision for the world and its people.
If you're interested in digging more deeply into Advent, check out these folks and resources:
I'm particularly enjoying and challenged by Rev Matt Tittle's daily Advent Tweets. You can follow Matt at @reverendmatt.
@Occupyadvent and the the Occupy Advent blog are good, too, and they link to lots of other good Advent sources.
Finally, be sure to check out @HeidiMastrud's blog, and her recent post about Advent.