The Winter Solstice is arriving this week on Fri 21 Dec- an annual planetary event that marks the longest night of the year. At the winter solstice, the balance of dark and light tips, and the sun begins a return trip that promises such good things as new life, new growth, increasing warmth, and those bright spring blossoms that always gladden the heart!
People have been celebrating the winter solstice for thousands of years—and yet, while these winter solstice traditions and rituals are diverse and unique, each is centered around the universal theme around light, warmth and renewal.
I invite you to celebrate this seasonal cycle by creating your own personal rituals to mark the passing of darkness and the coming again of life-giving light. The winter solstice is a time of rebirth, a special window amongst the rush of the festive season to reflect on the year passed and to energise your body and mind and to activate your intentions for the new year ahead.
I will be sharing a special Winter Solstice yoga gathering on Fri 21 Dec, 19:00-21:30 at Highweek Village Hall where together, we will explore and combine dynamic movement to awaken our inner fire (agni) and create our own inner warmth, deep relaxation with restorative yoga, intention setting and a candle gazing meditation, helping to build a path that lights the way through the darkness of winter and guides you into spring. You can read more about this and sign up here.
Here are a few of my healing rituals that help me to stop, reflect and completely embrace the beauty of winter. Enjoy finding yours that resonate with you.
Invite the light in - lighting candles, especially ones filled with a comforting and seasonal scent, are a wonderful ritual to fill your home with more natural light, warmth and coziness.
Set new intentions - intentions are little stepping stones that lead us like a compass toward our highest potential. An intention is the starting point of a dream - what makes the unconscious conscious. It is the creative power that fulfills our heart’s desires, be it career or relationships, money, personal or spiritual growth. Take the time to reflect on yours and consider how you too, can change direction with the new season and year.
Observe nature - Wrap up warm and get out into the natural world. Observe how it has drawn in, let go of it’s outer layers and is embracing the need to rest and recharge but at the same time, is preparing to welcome in new life. Breathe it all in and attune to this natural rhythm within yourself too.
Use essential oils - as an aromatherapist, essential oils are an important part of my self care rituals. Enjoy a long warm bath, use a room spray or diffuser and anoint pulse points throughout the day to enjoy the benefits and scents of winter oils such as orange, cinnamon, frankincense, pine, patchouli and clove. I have created a specially crafted aromatherapy blend to celebrate this time called WARMTH for you to enjoy.
Enjoy this special time with family and friends - celebrating with those close to you is one of the best ways to nurture your soul. Enjoy nourishing practices together such a yoga, eating seasonal food and getting cosy on the sofa!
Wishing you a wonderful solstice and start to the new year.
With much light and warmth to you and yours,