by Diana Proemm
Winter solstice is a time to reflect inward. As it is the darkest day and longest night of the year, it’s the best time to find your stillness from within. Spending time in nature is the best way to do so. Turn off your phones and find quiet and stillness even if for only 20 minutes.
Last year on winter solstice I was blissfully floating on a dock in Nicaragua on Laguna de Apoyo. Apoyo caldera lake sits on an extinct volcano that sits near Granada. It doesn’t have a major inflow or outflow of water so it’s naturally salty and warm. Before I had arrived to this location, I had been suffering from a small dose of mid-life crisis. At some point during my travels I entered a bit of a small black hole. Happiness would not come to me, no matter what I did. I struggled to find peace.
Attempting to stop my crazy thoughts, I swam to the dock and laid there floating for a couple hours enjoying the sun and the sound of the water hitting the dock. Whether this place had some magical powers or not I was finally able to let go of the all things past and move on. The next day I felt a weight lift and the black cloud over my head lifted. I felt free again.
Landing right in the middle of the holiday’s winter solstice is a time to reset the soul. It is the time to hit the pause button of life and don’t wait until the New Year. Hitting pause on solstice will boost your natural human rhythm by aligning with nature and the cosmos. Here are a few things you can do.
If you are like me, I have a hard time slowing down, and when I hit the brakes I could most likely sleep for
days. Signs that you need to stop or slow down are if you’re having trouble sleeping, suffering from anxiety, frequent frustration, or have a lingering cold. By stopping to rest, your body has time to reset.
Do Not Feel Guilty
If you don’t have time to rest the whole day start small and work your way up. Start with setting aside even just 10 minutes for quiet time can go a long way to heal your adrenals and clear the mind. This may be counter-intuitive to some, but it does work when you take the time to pause without shame.
Build Winter Rituals
Taking time today is all-important, but don’t stop there. Make pausing a daily or at least a weekly ritual in your routine. Here are some ideas or ways to slow down, pause and reset.
- Take a bubble bath
- Take a nap
- Take a leisure walk in nature
- Do something creative such as adult coloring or painting
- Light some candles and cuddle up with a good book
Spend Solstice and Down Time With a Friend
Ancient sisterhood rituals commenced on the winter and summer solstices to commence peace, love and harmony.
The feminine principle is one of receptivity, stillness, acceptance, compassion, love, harmony, openness, peace, forgiveness. It is a principle of grace and beauty that stems from the heart and dwells there, radiating its passive creativity by embracing all, welcoming all that reaches to it, allowing the purest compassion and deepest forgiveness to dissolve the wounds of our souls and of that of our Mother Earth.
When we continually give our body and soul time to recover and rest we can be more productive and effective down our life path. If you want a short weekend to heal and reset with fellow sisters please join me in February on the Gulf Coast for a weekend adventure therapy healing retreat for women only.
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