Today marks the Winter solstice here in the northern hemisphere. Even though my body finds the colder months to be not as friendly as it ages, I still look forward to this solstice each year. It’s the perfect time for introspection, as after the longest night of the year, there is a return of more light with each passing day. It marks new beginnings to come, and we are now in the getting ready phase.
The themes of introspection during the dark time of the year center around what we may need to heal, nurture, and release in order to make the most of the return to life which comes in the Spring. It’s a great time to set new things in motion, and examine the paths we are on. One of the hardest challenges we face when it comes to starting something new is in the letting go of what no longer works. It can feel soul wrenching to let go of something which once worked and no longer does, or maybe to have to let go of an illusion of what never truly worked in the first place (which can be one of the hardest things to acknowledge). Just remember that all has served a purpose in the deep learning we all undergo in order to reach higher levels in our being and happiness. The release of what is no longer working is what gives us room to become an even better version of ourselves.
No matter what type of changes enter our lives, intentional or circumstantial it can be difficult as we become comfortable, even when something isn’t working. So, take this dark time to go within. Meet the challenges of aligning with starting something new. It can be in one or several areas of life that one can see the need for either completely changing something, or finding a new approach. This deep, soul-level work is well worth it despite our natural inclination to resist change.
There’s no better time to find ourselves, make new discoveries, and put ourselves into alignment with our most authentic selves. This deep dive isn’t only about letting go, and the pain which can come along with it. It’s a great opportunity to tune in and listen to the clues we are always getting about the wonderful things we really want to do. It can be anything at all, as we are each on our own journey. Just be on the lookout for those clues that create the happy little hum you feel in your core, which tells you that you are on the right track, and plan to make those things happen!
Wishing you all a wonderful Winter Solstice, and many blessings as the light returns more with each passing day!