The word Solstice means “sun stands still” and at this time we find ourselves in middle of the deepest darkness and the return of the light. On Friday we will experience the longest night, which also brings the return of the sun and longer days! This is a time to reflect, to grieve, to let go all that needs to be released from the difficulties of the past year and to give thanks for all that you have learned.
Many ancient traditions around the world honor winter solstice in some form. You can research and find rituals that fit with your own ancestral heritage or start your own that feel right to your family. At a minimum, we can celebrate the light returning and clarify our hopes and intentions for the new year. It is a time to collectively stand together and to commit to serving the forces of life and growth in a world that is struggling with dark forces.
“Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what’s already here. It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others.”
From Pema’s Chodrin “When Things Fall Apart”