In my life I have found two things of priceless worth – learning and loving. Nothing else – not fame, not power, not achievement for its own sake – can possibly have the same lasting value. For when your life is over, if you can say “I have learned’ and ‘I have loved”, you will also be able to say “I have been happy.” 

Time to reset priorities, to take stock on successes and failures. As we age, the future both expands our views of what lies ahead and narrows our options. Regardless, the solstice offers time to go inward where the womb offers quiet solitude. It is a celebration of the light returning. I will be on the lookout for the first signs of spring in the months ahead, maybe a crocus popping through a snowy bed. For now, bundling up. Staying warm and cozy.

“The winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this is a period of descent and rest, of going within our homes, within ourselves and taking in all that we have been through, all that has passed in this full year which is coming to a close… like nature and the animal kingdom around us, this time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired limbs, our burdened minds.

Our modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, overspending, comfort food and consumerism.

And yet the natural tug to go inwards as nearly all creatures are doing is strong and the weather so bitter that people are left feeling that winter is hard, because for those of us without burning fires and big festive families, it can be lonely and isolating. Whereas in actual fact winter is kind, she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards this annual time of peace and reflection, embracing the darkness and forgiving, accepting and loving embracing goodbye the past year.

“Winter takes away the distractions, the buzz, and presents us with the perfect time to rest and withdraw into a womb like love, bringing fire & light to our hearth”.

.. and then, just around the corner the new year will begin again, and like a seed planted deep in the earth, we will all rise with renewed energy once again to dance in the sunlight

Life is a gift a Happy winter to you all…”

Artwork by Jessica Boehman

Original words by Brigit Anna McNeill.

May the year ahead bring you light, peace, success, and mostly Love.

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