Today it’s Winter Solstice (which is also called Yule in pagan traditions) – what a great day to celebrate the return of the daylight!
Tonight is the longest night of the year, and from tomorrow on the days are getting longer again.
Due to my Swedish roots I really enjoy this day – it always feels like a rebirth after a long period of darkness. While writing these lines I’m preparing for my Winter Solstice Yoga class tonight, thinking about meaningful asanas and soft flows to combine with the message of todays’ energy.
Like the fall exquinox in September, (about which we wrote HERE), today is also a day that marks the end of a period. In the northern hemisphere, where we live, today is the official beginning of wintertime. This beginning of a new stage in nature, and thus also in our lives, can be a perfect opportunity to revel this solstice with a personal ceremony.
We humans are part of the nature, and we can feel it, too: the energetic shift that’s happening on dates like today. It’s a great opportunity to release things and patterns that no longer serve us to create space for more light and inspiration in our lives.
- What can I let go of?
- What do I want to create in the year to come?
- What do I want to let my light shine upon?
- What do I need more of in the new year? Is it support, love, money or something else?
- Who can help me with achieving my goals?
- With whom could I connect more in the future?
- What am I grateful for that happened in 2016?
Write your plans into a journal. Light some more candles than usually to symbolize the returning light. Say goodbye to the past year and say goodbye to anything that holds you back.
We can also welcome the sun into our lives and send out loving thoughts to all the people around us, even set some intentions during meditation or practice a gentle, mindful yoga flow.
And most of all: give hugs to people. Connect with your loved ones. Spread the love.
I wish you a wonderful winter night with lots of candles and sweet tea. :)