Today, December 21, 2018, Winter Solstice arrives.
Winter Solstice is an ancient celebration symbolizing change and growth. Before there were modern ways of gauging time, people depended on light to organize their lives. Their productivity and rest flowed with the sun. When there was sunlight, they were productive; when darkness arrived, they would rest.
Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year, but don’t let this discourage you. I have learned to love the darkness and its rejuvenating qualities. The winter months bring restful energy that’s hard to duplicate when the sun is strong and bright. I align myself with this call of nature as a way to balance my productivity. I listen closely to the vital energy of my body, heart, and spirit.
Every day after Winter Solstice brings more and more light, until Summer Solstice on June 21. Take full advantage of these healing days of winter, because before you know it the bright days of summer will arrive.
After Winter Solstice, I’ll celebrate the full moon that arrives on Saturday. I can feel it coming. Sometimes astrological energy can feel unorganized and mischievous. It can disrupt your sleep, affect your body, and heighten your emotions. But rather than simply reacting, experience the messages that come through these sensations. Don’t resist nature’s cues, as they are the most authentic instructions we have in life
Your daily practice supports inward focus and inspires a deeper connection to nature and the world around you. Listen deeply, go beyond surface reactions, and trust your ability to ask questions that hold a deep knowledge of your experiences. This is one of the many gifts that a dedicated practice will give you.
The Winter Solstice practice is a great place to start. It will support awareness in your body, breath, and mind. A 40-day practice, done every day, will help you lay a foundation for continued health and happiness. New supportive habits will become a part of who you are and bring vitality to your life.
Now is the perfect time to set a realistic goal of self-care. Make a date with yourself and stick with it every day for 40 days. Watch your life open up and shift in deeply personal ways.
Winter Solstice Practice:
- Find a comfortable place to sit in your home for 6 minutes a day.
- Put your feet on the ground, lengthen your spine, and roll your shoulders back.
- Close your eyes.
- Interlace your fingers and place your hands on your belly.
- Inhale and expand your belly.
- Exhale and feel your belly deflate.
- Continue the long deep breath for 3 minutes.
- Let the long deep breath go and find a natural breath and sit or lie down for another 3 minutes.
That’s it. It simple and tremendously potent. Give it a try.
Happy Winter Solstice. Peace blessed peace.