“The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time — a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.” – Frederick Lenz
Sometimes we call the Winter Solstice the first day of winter, but that’s not entirely accurate. Think of it more as midwinter. Since the Autumn Equinox in September, the days have grown shorter and the air colder. As the earth keeps turning on its axis, we know that the Solstice heralds in the return of the light and the coming spring. December 21st is just one of many holiday observances in the wintertime and across them, all is a feeling of holiday cheer, generosity, and togetherness.
“Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.” – Ralph Ellison
All of the preparation we’ve done over the harvest season has led to this. Cultures around the world knew the growing time would end and they needed to store and prepare for what winter would bring. And even in an era of 24-hour grocery stores, we can still do this in our lives when we consider what’s important.
Hibernation is a chance to look inward, regroup, and make a plan for the spring.
“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
No matter how cold, long, dark, or hard the winter is; spring always comes. That’s why preparing now in anticipation of the next season will help get you through. Humans need something to look forward to, no matter how small.
Use this time to consider the goals you want to make for the new year and what you can plant in springtime to harvest later in 2021.
“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.” – Anamika Mishra
Of course, the winter is also a time for celebration. Whatever you celebrate, whether you observed Hanukkah earlier in the month, honor the Winter Solstice to stand vigil on the longest night of the year, or wake up early to experience delight on Christmas Day, know that celebration is a way to motivate ourselves with colorful and joyous festivities. We know these days are long and hard, but we can still find joy in each one.
It is my sincerest Solstice wish for you that 2021 be an abundant and phenomenal year.
Blessed Holiday Season and Solstice to you and yours.
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