Darkness descends as we move closer to the Winter Solstice. The longest night of the year has traditionally been celebrated around the world. The following dawn brings with it a longer day, the promise of the sun’s return.
We know that echoing the actions of nature is a way to find balance within ourselves. Yet, many modern folks have forgotten to listen to the cues of the earth. All too often the focus for this time of year is driven by the frenzy of consumerism and stressful gatherings. We don’t have to participate. We have the opportunity to honor this time of year differently. Gifts made from your very own hands or a handwritten letter connects us much more than the latest store bought gadget. Celebrations become more meaningful when they are simplified.
Honoring this year’s Winter Solstice doesn’t have to be elaborate. Here are a few ideas to honor this change in season:
- Lighting candles (limit electric light/screens)
- Having a fire
- Having a warm meal for dinner, like a hearty stew
- Having a hot drink, such as your favorite tea
- Taking a shot of Fire Cider, “Cheers to the winter months ahead “
- Taking part in a gentle activity:
- Reading a book or poetry (maybe outloud to share with others)
- A bath, maybe with your favorite warming herbs
This week we will move in rhythm of our steady, slow breath. We will continue to practice Kaphalbhati pranayama and have a special mediation to honor the winter solstice.