In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice is the longest night of the year. It is a turning point in the cycle of the year where light is born in the silent, stillness of the deepest night.
In each of us, there is a potential to find purpose, meaning, direction, and joy in life, particularly when things seem dark. Darkness is not a mistake; it’s part of the natural cycle of growth and renewal. The winter solstice is a reminder that things always go dark before the light emerges.
How do you know if you are in a winter solstice period in your life?
You might be in a winter solstice phase when:
- The beliefs, attitudes, structures, and goals that fueled you in the past have stopped working.
- The harder you push the slower you go.
- The self that you’ve been identified with no longer feels comfortable.
During a winter solstice phase, the task is to empty your self fully, without knowledge of how you will be refashioned, or what your vision for the next turn of the cycle looks like. This takes trust.
- Trust that only by letting go of the old forms that no longer serve, can you make room for something new to be born.
- Trust in the darkness and the ability to recognize that “those who dwell in the darkness shall see the light.”
- Trust that the old ways of being will require some disassembly, because to hold yourself together at this point is to fight against the awakening current of your life.
Now is the time to be still, and it is in this stillness and silence that you can re-connect with that which is deepest within you. Light emerges from the stillness. Befriend the darkness on this beautiful day that has been provided for just such a reconnection to your inner being. Blessings.
This is the solstice, the still point
of the sun, its cusp and midnight.
the year’s threshold
and unlocking, where the past
lets go of and becomes the future;
the place of caught breath, the door
of a vanished house left ajar. ~ Margaret Atwood