Next week on the 21st December, is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the shortest day of the year and from thereon, the nights gradually start to get longer, a promise of the return of the sunlight!
For people who celebrate Christmas, the Winter Solstice can often be overlooked as they are busy focusing on last minute shopping or preparation for the festive period. However for those who find Christmas all just a bit too much in terms of materialism, pressure and stress, Winter Solstice can be the ideal time to detach from all of that.
At this time of year, Nature is all about stillness, there is not much outward activity in terms of life and growth, but surely lots of inward activity in preparation for the first blooms of new life in Spring. For this reason, I associate Winter Solstice with simple, peaceful, reflective rituals.
Here are 3 simple self-care rituals to celebrate Winter Solstice
1) Go for a gentle stroll in Nature, try to be really present and aware of everything with your all your senses. Make the intention to shake any of the festive stress you may be holding on to. If you are a crafty type, you could collect some evergreen foliage and make it into a festive wreath. You would need to buy an "Oasis foam wreath ring" in advance though. To make your wreath, you simply soak the wreath ring in water first then add your foliage. You could even buy a bunch of flowers and place a few of them in your wreath as well.
2) Do some gentle restorative Yoga - I follow a lovely lady Nourished Natasha on Youtube who often celebrates nature's cycles with a special yoga class. Her classes are very inclusive and I am sure beginners would find her classes accessible, so be sure to check her out. After your yoga class, you could have a soothing cleansing aromatherapy bath with sea salt and essential oils. Some relaxing and uplifting essential oils include sweet orange, lavender, bergamot. Mix 1 tbs of sunflower oil with 6 drops of essential oils, add it to about 200g of bath salts, stir well and then add to your bathwater.
3) If the weather isn't great or you don't feel like being active, you could do a simple journal ritual. Play some relaxing music, light a candle, take your journal and write about all the good that has come into your life this year. If it has been a challenging year, then take the message of the Winter solstice to be one of hope for you. Just as the sunlight starts to gradually return into all the countries in the Northern hemipshere from this day, the sunlight can also start to come back into your life as well. Make that intention for yourself.
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Until next time