What is the Solstice?

The Winter Solstice (around 21st December), kicks off the Winter season in the northern hemisphere — it’s the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Interestingly, the term ‘solstice’ is derived from two Latin words “sol” which means sun, and “sistere”, meaning standstill. At this point, the Sun seems to stand still in the winter sky, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. You can observe this sense of stillness in nature and the environment around you.

This season is a wonderful opportunity (especially after loss) to pause, reflect and go inward to connect with your inner guidance or intuition. If you find this a challenge, give it a go anyway because now is a great time to nourish yourself (in mind, body and spirit), as well as replenish your energy.

Where to Begin.

This is an invitation to listen closely to your heart and honour what it needs. Start by sitting quietly for a few minutes and simply listen to your intuition and what it’s telling you. Your body may be in need of rest. Your brain may need a creative outlet. You may be in need of some emotional healing, or maybe you need some extra self-care and to show yourself kindness.

The next step is to find ways to meet your needs. There are many ways you can make the most of the Solstice to give yourself some space, find a deeper connection wit yourself.

Here’s 7 Suggestions – you may be able to think of some other ways):

#1. Give meditation a go. This can really help you to deepen your awareness / the connection between your mind and body). there’s tons of free meditations you can access online of via apps. Go with one or two key words, depending on what you want to gain from your meditation.

#2. Create your own personalised ritual. Things like this include making a ‘letting go’ list and burning it (be safe with fire kids). Letting go of stuff that no longer serves you is a great way to move forward.

#3. Use symbolism. Letting go of lanterns can be used similarly to let go of some old habits. Or simply light a candle and see what comes up as you sit next to it’s flickering glow.

#4. Find a creative flow. If you have the urge to be creative, now is a great time to make a vision board. Alternatively, you could make something festive to brighten your home and make you smile.

#5. Read some books to aid your personal growth or find some self-help techniques, depending on what you need. With so many easy ways to access books and blogs, inspiration is at your finger tips.

#6. Do some journaling and reflection. You could write about the lessons this year has given you, or your biggest takeaways. Think about how you’ve grown as a person and how to do more of the things you’ve really enjoyed.

#7. Have a clear out or participate in cleansing activities. Decluttering your environment has an impact on your wellbeing for the better. This is about creating space for the new.

Whatever you choose to do to make the most of Solstice, make it your own. Overall, listen closely to what you need and honour where you’re at.

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