"This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future’ the place of caught breath, the door of a vanished house left ajar” - Margaret Atwood
The winter solstice this year is December 21st. This marks the shortest day of our year as the northern hemisphere is tilted furthest from the sun.
It is an auspicious time and presents us with a natural pause, a moment to turn inward, to find peace with and let go of what has happened this past year.
Winter Solstice is celebrated across many traditions as a time for recognizing the gradual return to light. The spiritual message of the Solstice is clear and universal...
If you've experienced suffering and pain this year, do not despair. Something new and beautiful will soon emerge! To me, the Solstice symbolizes light, hope and joy.
In the past, I've loved celebrating the solstice with 108 meditative Sun Salutations or hours-long meditation and intention setting journal practices.
Since my kiddos came along, I do what I can and what I have time for... light candles, take 30 minutes to meditate, journal intentions and move through some rounds of Surya Namaskar A (though probably not 108!).
I encourage you to find some time to sit quietly and reflect. Light a candle and place it right in front of you and have your journal and pen handy. I recorded a meditation you can download below if you'd like a guided experience.
See what you can let go of. Can you let go of old habits that no longer serve you? Relationships that drag you down? Feelings of self-doubt that prevent you from taking the next step on your path?
Then spend some time (it can be 5 minutes!) journaling what you want to let go of and your intentions for the upcoming year.
If your house is like mine, it's highly unlikely that you'll find complete quiet, so do what you can! Wait until the kiddos are asleep or hide in your bedroom or in the basement with a few candles (that's where you'll find me tomorrow!).