In the past the winter solstice was celebrated by many cultures with festivals and rituals. Today there are still many who celebrate holidays that are connected to the winter solstice. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. After this day the days will slowly become longer as we approach winter. As the days continue to get colder, we will have more light. I like to acknowledge this reminder of our connection to the natural world.
“The sun’s descent marks not just the end of another day, but a symbolic passage- a reminder that life, like the sun, moves in cycles, each ending giving birth to a new beginning.” ~ Ryan Gelpke.
Our Seasons are Full of Endings and Beginnings
Our seasons are full of endings and beginnings. As one part of life ends another part begins. It is when the Omega becomes the Alpha, and the cycle begins anew. While we all face endings in our lives – the end of relationships, of jobs, of a lifestyle – we also find new beginnings. There are new people to meet, different jobs, a different type of lifestyle. There is always another day or another year. Life is lived in cycles. It is not linear. Sometimes endings force us to try something new. We evolve.
The Winter Solstice is a Time for Reflection and Renewal
Throughout the ages, the winter solstice has been a time of reflection and renewal. It is a time to celebrate the most important things in your life and offer gratitude for them. Things like family, friends, and your home. It’s also a time to look forward to a wonderful new year.
In Celebrate the Solstice, Heinberg writes that “wisdom consists in knowing one’s place in any given cycle, and what kinds of action (or restraint of action) are appropriate for that phase.” Let this be a time for us to pause and spend some time listening, observing, and feeling what is going on around us. Take this time before Christmas or the New Year to stop for a while. Breathe.
On this day of the winter solstice, get outside for a while. Take a walk or bundle up and sit on your deck or patio and watch the birds. Watch the sunrise or sunset. Light a candle in your darkened living area and notice the glow. This day is a celebration of rebirth as the sun grows stronger in the sky.
Allow yourself to be blessed on this day.
Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer owner of Time Space Organization, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize. She is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, award-winning author, as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skills to help clients.