The Winter Solstice

With all of the activities happening personally, in our families, community, nation and beyond, I hope and pray that each of you and yours are taking a little time for yourselves. Without you there is a hole in our wholeness; so please remember the important role you play, and the needs of your Self and your well-being.

The Winter Solstice, here in the northern hemisphere (and Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere), will arrive tomorrow at 5:44 A.M. Eastern time. The Winter Solstice brings with it the shortest day of the year, while the Summer Solstice delivers the longest day of the year.

The Solstice is a time of starting over; getting a fresh start on a new cycle. In these posts I often talk about new beginnings and endings, and the rhythm and cycles of Grandmother Moon. The infinite wisdom occupying our cosmos is there for all of us see and witness. Aligning yourself with the synchronicity of the Universe brings you into its harmonic resonance. But, how do you do that?

Begin by paying attention to all that you would normally take for granted.

  • When you walk outside, take a moment to notice the ‘face’ you are stepping on; the face of Mother Earth. Ask yourself the question, ‘how would I want others to treat my Mother?’ Be gentle, kind and caring. Clean up after yourself and don’t take Her for granted.
  • Whenever you take something from Mother Earth, be sure to give something back. My Native American tradition tells me that when I cut down a tree or clip a few wild flowers, to always take a moment before I cut or clip and say a little prayer of thanks. Traditionally speaking, I pause to ask permission to take what I am about to cut or clip. I offer tobacco as a way of showing my gratitude and as a gift to Mother Earth for the sacrifice of the life I was about to take (e.g., flower, tree, removal of a rock or anything coming from Mother Earth).
  • Listen to sounds coming from trees, the winds, the waves, the mountains and the valleys. Listen to the nighttime sounds, and the sounds of nature.
  • Notice the darkness before the dawn, and how it feels a little different from the darkness found after dusk.
  • Stare into the night sky. Can you see the stars? Can you see their patterns and differences? Do they fill you with awe?
  • Do you ever stop and notice how freely the water you drink, bathe and use flows? No matter when you turn on the faucet, there is water. When you go to the lake, river or ocean, it appears endless, beautiful and refreshing. Are you making sure it remains that way? Are you aware of the changes that have taken place over the past 10 years? 20 years?
  • Feel the coolness (or cold, frigidness) of the breezes. Smell the freshness of the air, or the aromas that are being carried from place to place. Are these odors pleasant and natural, or nasty and obnoxious?
  • Do you notice the faces of Grandmother Moon? We almost always notice the brilliance of the sun, or the gray skies that appear when the sun is hiding. Each face (or phase) of the moon is a reminder of where we are at any given moment in the rhythm and cycle of our cosmos. When the moon is dark, it is a time to reflect and begin a new. And, when the moon is bright, it is time to ponder what has been and finish what you had started.

The Winter Solstice is a time of pondering and going within. Take this time to learn and witness yourself, your world,  your spiritual Being, and aligning all that you are with all that there is…the Cosmos.

 

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