During this time of shorter days and colder nights is Mother Nature’s celebration of the return of the light called, Winter Solstice. This occurs on December 21, 2018. It is the end of a 6 month journey that Mother Earth takes announcing the arrival of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a day that marks the return of the sun and of the longer days we experience in the summer solstice that occurs in June.
During this time of the year the earth’s tilt is leaning farthest away from the sun in the Northern hemisphere therefore, the light is the shortest at this time of the year and the sun has its lowest arc in the sky. Even today, not unlike our ancestors we celebrate this change in various ways. Solstice celebrations are universal and important to our hearts and souls as it connects us with the rhythm of our lives. The winter solstice brings an end to this year. It is a time of renewal, review and birthing new possibilities for a new year.
While the cold and darkness is for some challenging, it is actually a wonderful time to experience a moving inward for reflection and renewal. I love the winter’s abundance of darkness; because I find it easier to travel within and connect to my inner essence during this time.
Aligning to this natural rhythm of the wintertime with its long dark nights, like our ancient ancestors, we connect with the mystery of all that is yet to be created in the next year. That is why creating spaces within our homes for resting, renewal and reflecting is so vital for this time.
Keeping it simple this season? Here is my easiest tip of how you can create your own Winter Retreat space for Renewal all throughout the cold season.
Create your own Winter Retreat Space for Renewal
- Winter cold weather and cold winds tend to bring us inward to the warmth of our homes.
- This in turn helps us to go inward-to return to our roots.
- So find SOME time for reading and contemplation.
- Stack a pile of books of your most favorite books that you would like to read near a comfortable chair.
- Place a soft shawl or blanket on the back of your chair.
- Place some cozy socks or your slippers nearby too.
- Then, light a candle, make a fire or turn on the gas in your fireplace and snuggle up for a warm, cozy time of journal writing or luxurious reading.
- Want to go deeper and create an entire home setting for the winter?
- Here are some Holiday Feng Shui and Winter Solstice decorating tips to make your home cozy and warm during these cold winter days.
- Add warm colors in accents and accessories throughout the home. Red is my favorite but you can also add yellow, orange even teal, or fuchsia as they have warm undertones.
- Add layers; think of the layers of clothes we add to our bodies at this time of the year and do the same with our homes, for example, an extra rug on the floor, another throw over a favorite chair or multiple pillows on your sofa.
- Switch out your artwork to artwork that contains images of candles, lights or sunlight.
- Clean your stove and fireplaces to pump up the element of fire.