Celebrate the Solstice
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” — John Steinbeck
“Upset feelings about the holiday season can be caused by an unrealistic sense of what the holidays should mean for us.”
Some Solstice facts
Solstices Are Interesting Phenomena
The winter solstice arrives on December 21st and I’m ready to hibernate. How about you? It arrives 22:22:00 UTC time. December Solstice in New York, New York, USA is on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm EST
That’s what winter is about: becoming more authentic. We can acknowledge the blessings of our lives and the ways in which we’ve grown throughout autumn.
Winter says: It’s time to welcome the darkness. And to contemplate what ember inside us wants to become a flame? We “let go” in the fall to make room for something new to emerge. Perhaps a new job, relationship, way of thinking, or way of engaging in life.
Mindfulness helps us stop, breathe, and ‘be’ with ourselves. We can take quiet walks in the woods, sit by the fireside, and light lots of candles. We can turn away from our screens and look into ourselves.
Here are some questions you can explore:
• What’s beautiful to you?
• What ember inside you wants to become a flame?
• How can you be more authentic?
• Who will you surround yourself with?
Winter is the time to hibernate, contemplate, and nurture our authenticity.
• Who in my life do I want to forgive?
• Where in my life have I been judging myself?
• Can I find forgiveness for myself?
• What are the most important aspects of my life?
• What truly matters to me?
• What is my ultimate intention for 2019? Will I accept its challenges with equanimity?
• What affirmations can I use to help realize these aims?
The Symbolic Plants of YULE:
During this busy time of the year I hope all my friends will pause, breathe and schedule some restorative practices into their day. The solstice is a returning of the light and a renewal event to help us achieve some kind of equanimity in the weeks to come. Attempt to practice mindfulness every day. Here’s a five minute breathing meditation we all can fit into our schedules.
Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder and Joy that the Season can bring.