As the nights become longer and the days become shorter we find ourselves wrapped in a blanket of darkness. Winter solstice, which falls on December 21st 2016, is the shortest day and longest night of the year. Many fear this length of darkness but it should truly be used as a day of reflection, inner guidance, and self- realization. On Winter Solstice at mid-day you shadow is the longest it can be. Use this time to watch your shadow cast over the earth and lead you to your truest intentions.
At this time, 2 weeks before the New Year, you reflect on 2016, not dwelling in the past or overjoying on the good. Before you decide to set your 2017 intentions, use this 2 week period as a time of reflection and renewal before the New Year. Ask yourself these questions; how has your cycle around the sun and through the earth affected the world and the people in it? How has your existence left an imprint or shadow upon this earth? Take moments to be mindful, present, and aware when answering these questions. These questions will then lead you to your 2017 intentions.
Let go of “resolutions” and phrases that such as “New Year, New You” that instill the sense that every year we need to change who we are. Set intentions. Intentions lead us to be more accountable, which leads us to patterns and ultimately a lifestyle. When searching for your truest intentions ensure they are measurable and realistic. Before you put your intentions into practice make sure the universe knows them too. Write them down, say them aloud, anything to simply “get it out there”. The universe will help keep you on track.
Take a moment to ask yourself for the qualities you need to allow yourself to find your intentions. On this quite pause on the longest night and shortest day of the year, become aware of this mysterious change that is happening in the turn. Let your winter light re-kindle to blaze through winter and create renewal and rebirth for you.