Sunday December 21st marks the Winter Solstice, the first official day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest night of the year. A time to reflect, recharge, and renew.
I have always, in the past, been a warm weather girl. I like to run around with bare feel, feel the warm sunlight on my skin, savor the long shadows of days that linger long into the night. With ever passing year though, I find myself cherishing the change of seasons, and embracing the differences in the energy they bring. Winter brings long nights, bitter winds, a chance to hunker down inside and relish the opportunity to do the things my introvert heart craves. Paint. Read. Bake. Journal. Nest. Rest. Reflect. Snuggle on the couch under a mountain of blankets. Go inward.
So much of our life is crazy, hectic, go, go GO! Appointments, bills, obligations, holiday stresses and shopping frenzies. It almost goes against the nature of the season. My office job is linked so closely with the holidays, that this time of year instead of quiet and calm, we’re brimming with commotion, anxiety and stress. This is when you need to go home at the end of the day, retreat into yourself and just revel in the silence.
Silence is not a bad thing. Darkess is not a bad thing, because we cannot have light without it. Calm is not a bad thing. Reflection and quiet is not a bad thing.
Sit in the darkness. Feel it around you. Just remember, even in the darkest of darks, deep down in the center, you can always find a spark of Light. And that is something to celebrate.