Winter Solstice Reflection


 

      It's that time, the turning from dark to lighter days ahead. Acknowledging the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the 1st day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere brings a spark of joy as we look forward to the promise of growing light. We have all felt this landmark year of 2020 in some way. There has been so much dark to take in and process. Some of us are struggling more than others and if you're feeling OK at this time, you understand how hard those moments of difficulty can be as you've experienced them on some level as well. To know that tomorrow, December 22nd the day's light grows as each day passes soothes my soul in an indescribable way. A way that is more intuitive and reminds me of being pregnant.


      In the days leading up to the births of my sons, I declined invitations and craved being alone while listening to calming music and moving in and out of low lying yoga postures as well as going for slow paced walks and simply sitting. As we await the sun's rebirth, in what ways are you letting go with the cold, dark, and heaviness of the past year? Are you feeling insecure, nervous, or open to what's coming next in the New Year?


      Take some time this week to watch the sunset or sunrise. Notice what you feel without being attached to whether you're doing it right or wrong. Simply be there with the growing sun's light. When you're done, take 3 deep breaths.