I LOVE winter solstice not because its the shortest day of the year, but because it represents the great miracle of our planet tilting towards the sun. I am so thankful for this shift that I will spend the entire day celebrating it. Celebrating the days getting longer, the coming of the green things poking up in my yard, the entrance of light, and all that it represents – the turning outward, from our hibernation.
We are warm blooded animals. You and I may not literally hibernate, but we are capable of generating warmth from within during these deep, darks night. We make warm soup and comfort food. We generate energy and happiness through our internal pursuits.
We can choose to spend these darkest days by noticing all the beauty that is here, instead of what is not here. And we can choose to commemorate this beauty with our own – a dish that we cook, a song that we hum, a snow angel, a letter we write.
Creativity is seeing beauty around us, and translating it into something tangible. It is the greatest gift – a form of honoring what we have been given. When the days feel short and agitating, or the holidays feel all about buying crap, fight back with this.
Yesterday I went to Chaco Canyon to spend the day in appreciation of solstice. I walked its canyon rims for hours in the daylight, with my dog, peering over ancient, crumbling ruins, watching herds of elk, and listening to ravens. The sun was lazy and trolled across the sky during my entire hike without once looking up. It had no rays to spare, and lit what it could. But it was a brilliant light.
What are your favorite internal pursuits this time of year? Scroll down and leave a comment, we’d love to know!