Solstice Celebration

Today is the Winter Solstice. Those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere have experienced the longest night and once again our lives are shifting towards the light.

When I get very quiet during this time of year, I feel a deep connection to the natural world and I appreciate the support it gives me in finding a healthy perspective about change.

When you observe a sunset you can’t help but be reminded of the rightness of the shift from day to night. There is a sense of awe as the sun drops below the horizon and the sky is painted with colour.

Sunset is one of nature’s ceremonies!

The time of Solstice speaks to us metaphorically about the importance of light and dark in our lives. A candle shines more brightly against the backdrop of pure darkness and so too our lives feel fresh and new when we rebound from sickness or awaken after a time of deep grief.

Observing the Winter Solstice is a way to attune our selves to the cycles of nature and it’s a beautiful way to find calm in the midst of the frenzy that is often a part of the holiday season.

When I was in my twenties, I celebrated the Winter Solstice each year with a group of women friends. We would gather at one of our houses, turn out the lights and have a short ceremony that a few of us prepared and then celebrate afterwards with food and conversation.

I have a snapshot in my heart of my friends and I sitting on the floor in a circle with darkness all around us. In the centre there is a bowl of sand with candles being lit one by one.

There is a sense of quiet calm within me as I listen to my ‘sisters’ share honestly about what makes them stumble in life and what they are hoping for as the light returns.

As each woman speaks, she lights a candle and the room begins to glow with the warmth of our illuminated faces.

I cherish the memory of that time. We cared for ourselves by stepping away from the hype of the holidays to create true connection.

I want that for you too.

Tonight as the darkness enfolds you, invite the energy of the Winter Solstice into your home and into your heart.

Turn out the lights and sit in the darkness. Take a few deep breaths to calm your mind. When you are ready, light a candle and notice the beauty of the flame.

Wait to see what arises, perhaps a sense of calm as you are reminded that you can step away from the fast pace of everyday life or an unexpected inspiration about what you really want for yourself and your loved ones during the holidays.

You might experience a feeling of gratitude for the natural world and the way it supports you in knowing that all is well.

Living a life infused with meaningful moments is a choice you make.

Create a simple ceremony and let the Winter Solstice remind you that the light is returning.

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  1. Posted December 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    This is such a gorgeous way to celebrate the Solstice. Tonight, even though I’m alone, I’m going to sit in the dark, light a candle and honor all the beautiful things that bring light to my life.

    Thank you for this suggestion!

    • Jovanna
      Posted December 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      Tonight when I sit with my candle, I will be sending you love.

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