Winter Solstice Reflection

Monday, December 21, 2020

Today is The Winter Solstice, often called the shortest day of the year. Today marks a rebirth of the Sun or return to innocence. It is the beginning of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of summer in the southern half of the world. The Winter Solstice is a time of year that has been celebrated for millennia, across cultures and continents. The energy of the Winter Solstice is vibrant, celebratory, illuminating, and deeply reflective.

Although this opportunity to go inward falls during the busy holiday season, even just a few reflective hours alone can help ease the transition through the season. 

How to honor this change today:
Roll out your yoga mat and light a candle in full view. Fold up a blanket to rest your knees and ankles on as you meditate. Place a writing tablet or journal next to you to write down your thoughts and intentions.  

Close your eyes. Breathe.  

Feel the light of the flame growing inside of you and imagine your solstice intentions doing the same. After sitting for a few minutes, say each of your solstice intentions out loud. With the remaining time, five or six minutes, sit quietly in meditation. Imagine a snowflake in the sunlight. Recognize that you, your heart, and your soul are as unique as the fragments of light coming off of a snowflake. Hold yourself with love and feel the light of the flame. When you are finished meditating, bring your palms to touch and thumbs to the heart center. State your intentions one last time. Silently thank the day. Thank the gifts of the darkness. Thank the coming of the light.    

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