Can you believe that Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year are almost here? It’s that time of year when everything seems to move too quickly, especially as we head into a new decade.
If you couldn’t join us for the Intentional Holidays training this month, it was a great series of webinars and sharing. One of the tools I discussed for combating stress and promoting wellness was that of connecting to the earth and to the seasons.
Winter encourages us to slow down and to be “inside” more; not only inside of buildings, but also inside of ourselves. While these colder days may be dreary, they also give us precious permission to do less and rejuvenate.
It’s not possible to always “go.” We need to intentionally incorporate times of renewal and rest into our lives.
What exactly is the winter solstice and what does it mean?
This Saturday is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. It’s also called the darkest day of the year because the Northern Hemisphere tilts the farthest away from the sun. From then on, the days start lengthening with longer periods of sunlight.
The word solstice comes from Latin sol, meaning “sun,” and sistere, meaning “to stand still.” So, loosely translated, it means “sun stand still.” For a few days before and after the solstice, the Sun appears to stand still in the sky.
Bringing the return of daylight, the winter solstice symbolizes the victory of the day over the night, light over darkness, and even life over death. The death and decay of winter leads to the life and growth of spring.
How to harness the power of the winter solstice:
When you take your cue from the seasons and allow yourself to slow down, you can start to feel the quiet spaces that are present in the inward focus gifted to us by winter, the snow, and the solstice.
Set aside some time for yourself during this busy holiday season, whether you meditate, journal, or just sit quietly. Allow yourself to feel and receive the richness of this special time of year.
This introspection can help balance the busy-ness and outward emphasis of the holidays. It’s possible, even during hectic get-togethers, to maintain a calm, inward focus that allows you to be present and connect more deeply with others, as well as with yourself.
So, don’t forget to plan some quiet time on or around the winter solstice. Tune into it during your morning meditation and throughout the day. Let the rich, quiet energy of this time of year support you.
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season!
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