If last Decemberâ€™s prevailing wisdom had held true you wouldnâ€™t be reading this. The storied Mayan calendar was famously closing in on the winter solstice and the end of its 144,000-day cycle. Interpreters of the calendar â€“ and a host of New Age conspiracy theorists â€“ predicted the date would coincide with a global cataclysm. Good thing nobody held their breath, because the Maya believed in the cyclical nature of things. The end of the calendar didnâ€™t presage the end of the world; it marked a new beginning.Â Call it a transition or period of renewal, but the Maya believed in the necessity of an epochal timeout before moving forward.Â Spanish conquistadors might have brought about that break sooner than expected – subjugating the people by the end of the 17thÂ century – yet descendants of the Maya continue to form sizable populations throughout Mexicoâ€™s Yucutan peninsula. Plus, many of their cities and ceremonial sites still remain. The wisdom of these ancient Americans hasnâ€™t been lost. Itâ€™s laying patiently in wait for a Mayan journey of rediscovery. READ MORE.