happy winter solstice

winter 14In Latin, solstice means sun set still and Winter Solstice is the great stillness before the Sun's strength builds, and days grow longer. It can be a time to rest and reflect. It's the fruitful dark out of which new life can eventually emerge. This time of year is associated with light...the lights are reminders of the inner light, and hope for the return of sunny days. The many seasonal gatherings help to carry us through the dark time of the year. There's a melancholy that can be overwhelming without the promise of a new beginning. It's normal to feel that tinge of sorrow at life's endings, here at the dying of the year.

Parties and holiday gatherings remind us that we're all in it together. We long for a sense of belonging, being part of a tribe, feeling that deep bond of family.

The longest night is a fruitful time for setting intentions, to be birthed with the newborn Sun. What you conceive now can grow with the Sun, and gain momentum in Spring. You might start a tradition of setting Winter Solstice intentions, and in one year, see how many have come into being.

Try to be gentle with yourself and others. Remember to breathe deeply. Filter your thoughts with compassion. Choose love over and over again for each moment that challenges your sense of self...it is the secret to harmony over the winter.

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