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Winter solstice signifies a time to find stillness in ourselves where we can reflect on the year behind us. For me, it represents the beginning of a season of going within – a time of journaling and self reflection. From reflection comes the opportunity to recognize patterns and redirect my energy for the new year.
I begin a few weeks before solstice, intentionally reviewing my journals from years past and congratulating myself on how far I’ve come. I'm reminded of the challenges I’ve overcome AND the moments I've embraced joy. Looking back over the past year allows me to recognize where I've spent my time and energy over the last 12 months. In some cases, I find I've been putting time and energy into someone or something that is no longer serving me. I may recognize a one sided relationship or a project I'm no longer passionate about.
If you need to get away to spend time in self reflection, join us for one of our January retreats. I love the silence and beauty of nature on the retreat grounds at this time of year. Things are quiet around here, as our staff stays home for the holidays, and for me personally, it’s a time to reflect on all the lives that have been touched over the last 12 months at Retreat in the Pines. I’m grateful to be able to offer women a place to find stillness and sanctuary where they can get away for a weekend of rejuvenation and self-care.
I frequently come back to the concept of stillness and the value of taking a pause. If you're short on time, do just that, find a moment of peace and stillness, just for you.
Some of my favorite activities at this time of year:
This year, December 21 marks the Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter and the shortest day of the year. The word solstice comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) – roughly translated as the day that the sun stands still.
We can take our cue from the sun, as we move into winter and the solstice approaches, find stillness and take time for yourself, will allow you to stay calm during what tends to be a hectic season.