The Winter Solstice

Today is the shortest day – and the longest night – of the year in the northern hemisphere. For many, it simply marks the first day of winter, but the winter solstice is celebrated across cultures.

Many people believe that the winter solstice is time to slow down and reflect on the year that’s ending and to imagine the new year ahead. Reflection implies looking inward….allowing yourself time to think….letting your mind wander.

That’s not easy to do if you’re rushing around and immersed in the frenetic holiday energy that I talked about last week. It’s even harder if you’re an intense person who doesn’t know how to turn it off.

Time for reflection can pass you by, especially during the busy holiday season. Be intentional. Take some time this weekend to get quiet and think. Try to “be”, not “do”. That simple act will change your rhythm.

You might want to jot down a thought or two that emerges from your reflection. Chances are that if you transition from your contemplative time back into the holiday fray, you may not recall any important thoughts.

It’s hard to quiet your mind when so much is swirling around you. When you hit the pause button and give your brain a break you’ll receive fresh insights and new perspective. In other words, it’s good for you.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a great holiday weekend!

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