Hey, It’s the time of the winter solstice. It will be colder and greyer now, in most parts of the world.
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about the summer and winter solstice. It fascinates me how people throughout the ages, through centuries and time lived and celebrated this event.
From ancient times the elements, the planets, the sun, the natural environment designed people’s lifestyle. The position of the sun was how they could determine planting season.
During a solstice celebration summer or winter people got together, ate special meals, performed special traditions in honour of this event.
Every time I read about ancient civilizations it makes me feel bittersweet. Sweet because, to me it is just mesmerizing how ancient civilizations viewed and worshiped nature.
Bitter because it is something that is rare now. We are all so distracted by futile things, that we never stop to feel the breeze or smell the rose.
It wasn’t until this year that we started to miss the little things, the little things we took for granted like going out for a walk, spending a pleasant day outside.
Nature has much to give us, the more I read about nature in any form, the more grateful I feel in life.
Here is a ritual I created to celebrate this winter solstice, I hope you would like to try it too:
A solstice tradition to follow all through the remaining winter months.
- To be thankful for all the warmth in our lives. Warmth in fabric, warmth in a cup, warmth in a hug from a loved one. This is important to acknowledge because being warm is being extremely fortunate.
- Light up, the house, the mood, the mind. It’s the best way to fight the blues. So, light a candle, watch something that makes you smile and give yourself some me time.
- Cook a nice, warm winter meal. Solstice celebrations, like any celebrations contain a connection with food.
- Write down 5 things that you are grateful for.
- This winter- pick up a new good habit, a lifestyle change, a positive change to transform yourself for the better. Think about your present lifestyle, and think about how you can make it better. What do you need to do? What is bothering you? How can you change your life today? No matter how small the change, if it helps you be a better you, to be the one that’s happy. It’s worth it, work on yourself. So, by spring you will be ready to bloom into a better you.
Have a warm winter. 😀