I think Winter Solstice is my favourite day of the year. Actually I know it is!
There is something, in the Northern Hemisphere, so alluring about the absolute darkness that it brings, I feel as though the knowledge is somewhere deep in my bones about slowing down, pausing and dropping into stillness, ready to receive some deep nourishment.
The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium meaning sun stands still. This is how the sun appears to us from the Earth, pausing and then reversing its path. Rudolf Steiner likened these moments in the cycles of the Earth to be like the breath, Summer Solstice the completion of the outbreath and Winter Solstice the completion of the inbreath.
Bringing our attention to our breath can be a simple and immediate way for us to connect with the possibility of slowing down and dropping into stillness. Dropping into the pause at the top of the in breath and the bottom of the outbreath and just noticing what is present.
I talked this through with Hedvig as a useful practice if you only have a few minutes around this point in the year. Check out our video.
Most of this week has been spent preparing to gather in community to celebrate Solstice, we will journey together into the darkness and drop into dreaming, imagining new possibilities and potentials with the returning of the light. Together we will celebrate lighting up our intentions with the fire. Here is a picture from last years ceremony
How might you find a moment of stillness and pause in your day today? Perhaps it is a quiet moment with a candle or a few minutes with attention on the breath. Wishing you beautiful moments of stillness in the dark of the next few days, and exciting new possibilities as the light returns.