However wintery it feels, the celestial transition from Autumn to Winter doesn’t occur until mid-December with the Winter Solstice.
Solstice happens twice a year in June and December. In Summer it marks the day when the sun appears highest in the sky giving to us our longest day. In Winter it marks the day when the sun appears lowest in the sky and gives us our shortest day of the year. This year, Winter Solstice occurs on Monday 21 December, so being the official start of Winter.
For a few days surrounding each Solstice, the Sun has a wee pause along its celestial path (as viewed from Earth). It appears to stop before reversing direction hence the name ‘Solstice’ derived from Latin meaning the ‘Sun stands still’. The best way to stay balanced this month is to follow the sun, pause, take some time out. Take a break from the festive pace and allow yourself to stand still like the Sun – or better yet, take a seat. Think about this quote
When you lose touch with your inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself.
When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the worldEckhart Tolle
It’s easy to lose ourselves in the world around us – but this year, more than ever, I am noticing the World being lost around us.
Last year there was been so much awareness of our societies impact on the planet, of our unsustainable ways and expectations, of our responsibilities to our future generations to take steps to protect our planet and the balance that sustains human life on Earth. This year compounded that raising awareness around personal hygiene, immunity health, equality, diversity, societal prejudice as well as abuse of power and a complete disconnect of people connection (social distancing) travel, freedom and the economy due to pandemic controls.
What is next?! I like to think this kind of worldwide rearrangement is a necessary step to positive change. Let’s make it so!
Use the long dark nights around the Solstice for some quiet inward reflection on the big picture stuff. Be curious as to how your attitude, awareness or responsibilities may have changed or developed over the last year – whether that be towards our climate state, environmental responsibilities, to human rights, equality, social responsibility or what you appreciate and want to preserve in your life.
Light them Up
Review the key milestones, experiences, events, actions, reactions of the past year by lighting a candle for each month of the last year from last winter solstice to now. Bring to light with each candle your achievements, successes, adaptions, compromises, and failures over the year gone by. Say it out loud as you light each candle and watch it come to light.
Blow 12 Out
Gather any insights by blowing out 12 candles for each month past, grateful for how you may have learned or grown. Mindfully let go of any preconceived ideas, opinions or beliefs you have in relation to all that you reviewed for the past 12 months
Keep one Lit
Gaze at the heart of the flame of the remaining flame – the candle of now. Imagine your ideal world – a blend of its environmental health, societal health, government health, your community health and your own health. Bring your imagination, possibility and a fresh outlook to light with an intention to approach 2021 with fresh eyes, a kind, compassionate heart, a healthy body and a dreamers imagination.
This year was like no other – what follows will be equally so – with a blank slate – what do you want to see, feel, do in 2021? Focus on that.
3 step daily ritual for the 30 days after Solstice
Being mindful and reviewing important aspects of our life and/or our contribution to the world around us at Solstice is a crucial step towards feeling balanced this Winter. We can use the following 30 days to manifest an evolved mindset that is open to new ways, new ideas, new vibes, fresh action relating to that Solstice Mindfulness.
Light a candle every morning to symbolise the transition towards longer days and shorter nights. Watch the flame as you start your day and imagine it lighting up your intuition and imagination.
Insist on 10mins of daily stillness to let your inner compass re-calibrate and be better able to direct you to a lighter brighter year ahead.
Count yourself into stillnessAs the Sun’s power manifests and grows towards its Summer highs, so too will our intention to do better and ideas on how to make it happen manifest and come to life….. with an open mind – open to potential and possibility that these still times may enable you to see better – empower ideas – visualise hopes and potential for the year ahead.
As the Sun’s power manifests and grows towards its Summer highs, so too will our ideas on how to light up 2021…..
Read more Winter Balance musings in the Blog