Here in Australia, we are approaching the Winter Solstice on Tuesday June 21.
The Winter Solstice occurs when either of Earth's poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night; and the point at which the earth begins her long, slow turn back towards the light. This planetary situation has a direct impact on our bodies, minds and general wellbeing, regardless of whether we are aware of it or not.
These are a few reasons why it is important to not only be aware of the Solstice but also mindfully observe this sacred day.
1. Nature and You, You and Nature are One.
Preparing for the Winter Solstice and moving towards this day steadily and consciously allows time for your body and psyche to adjust. If we move through life at the speed of light never noticing what is coming sometimes we can receive a massive shock to our system. When we are approaching Winter Solstice consciously we know that there can be less or little light available to us, it’s the time of going inward, slow down and stoke our inner light and fire. At this time of year we can find ourselves feeling a little bit run down or sluggish. There can be a huge desire to hide away, hibernate and stay under a warm blanket with a mug of cacao. When we are aware of this we can let ourselves do what we need and practice self compassion and self-love. Rest is important at this time of year, it does not mean we are lazy. Listening to our bodies, connecting to our natural rhythms particularly re connecting to our circadian rhythms can have huge benefits to our health. Finish your last meal of the day as the sun goes down and wake in the morning to watch the sunrise. Moving in rhythm with nature is one of the easiest ways to bring more harmony, peace and acceptance into our lives.
2. Choose Love as your Frequency.
During the darker and colder months we can find it harder to be motivated and sometimes we do get sick and our bodies need rest to heal. It can be easy to find our moods and the frequency we are vibrating at dropping low. Emotions and energies of loneliness, fear, jealousy can creep in bringing with them a shadow of bleakness that can be hard to shift. It is at these time more than ever that we need to remember to use the tools and practices that can bring us back into a state of connection, of hope and re connecting to our true state of love. We always get to choose our frequency. It is your choice whether you vibrate at love or fear. Whether you feel hope or despair. You can decide. Walking with love and remembering that the light will return is the lesson the Winter brings. Meditations such as the Meditation for Cold Depression is a wonderful practice when we find ourselves needing extra support.
3. Deep Rest is a Magical Gift
As we approach the Winter Solstice our energy is low. This is not the time to be pushing you body by working out too hard at the gym or working yourself to exhaustion at the office. Make a point of finishing your to do list a few days before and move deadlines and meetings so that you can really honour the quietness this time of year brings. If you have a family think about slow cooked meals and slow evenings with stories and family puzzles. This is a beautiful time to decorate the home with fairy lights and create a winter alter. Traditions like this can make this time magical and mystical.
4. Re-Imagine Yourself
One of the most wonderful benefits that comes from slowing down and spending more time quietly resting is the opportunity to re connect with your imagination. Boredom is something we have become unaccustomed to. We are never alone, never without the next episode, never left just wondering… The Winter Solstice is a time of reflection, a time to let that which needs to drop away fully drop! Take these few days and turn off your phone, leave emails unanswered, ignore social media and mainstream news. Re connect to your inner messenger, and begin to imagine all possible versions of the new you that could re emerge from the darkness. As we prepare for the re birthing of the sun we are also preparing for the re birthing of ourselves. Dream big….
5. Bedazzle Yourself with Universal Light
Winter Solstice is the darkest day. This is the day with the shortest amount of light. No amount of searching outside is going to create more. This is the time to find and cultivate our inner light.
Make time over these darker days to nurture yourself with Prana.
Inhale deeply fully feeling the breath come into your belly and heart.
Exhale fully and deeply all the way out and again pause briefly before resuming the inhale.
With every breath see and feel a beautiful sparkling glorious light filling up your body and heart. Cultivate this light ask it to bring healing to your body and power to your prayers.
This inward reflection afford us a beautiful opportunity to cherish the light we have inside of ourselves. The more we nurture our Soul the more nourished we will feel. These feelings of connection are not just available to a few special people, these feelings are available to everybody. It is your birthright.
The more you connect to your inner light the more you will feel this connection to your soul and form a stronger inner relationship with your higher self. This is a gift that will serve you and guide you through the coming months of the year.
Join us for a Solstice Meditation Gathering
If you feel called to celebrate Winter Solstice this year we will be holding an intimate gathering at Sam’s home studio on Samford. Join us for rituals and meditations designed to support the re birth process this time of year. Chanting, dancing, fire and cacao. The most yummy of evenings spent with like minded women.
Tuesday 21st June 6.30pm
We wish you awareness, self-compassion and gentleness over these coming days.