The seasons are a reminder of the different layers of our personalities. Of course, we each have predominant traits that come to the forefront, making me “me” and you “you.” But, think about it:
The budding trees and flowers of Spring represent the curious and inquisitive side. Summer is bright and social, more extroverted. Fall encourages warmth, friendliness, and a time of embracing change with its vibrant and changing colors.
And, then there’s Winter. Winter provides an invitation to retreat, to go within, to become a little more introspective and introverted. For many years, I really loathed the beginning of winter, but I’m learning to appreciate the season as a layer of my own personality that needs nurturing.
Speaking of winter, the Winter Solstice is upon us! It officially takes place on Friday, December 21. Friday will be our shortest day of the year, meaning the daytime hours will be shorter than the night. In ancient times, this symbolized the rebirth of the sun. Isn’t that interesting? That birth and light are the spirits of this season that so many are celebrating?
What I love most about this time of the year, is that its symbolism of rebirth and light is also a reflection of what is happening within, too. That’s right. The Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day - they are all a reminder that the Divine light all around us (the sun, actual birth, rebirth, enlightenment, awakening) also exists within. As the macrocosm, so is the microcosm. Pretty incredible, right?
During my own Winter Solstice practice this year, I’ll be reflecting specifically on the challenges I’ve faced, and what it’s taught me about myself…my own re-awakenings if you will. You can join me. What challenges did you face over the last few months, or even within the last year? Where are you at within them - the beginning, the middle, or the end? What have you learned or are learning about yourself as a result? How has this challenge (or challenges) helped you to evolve, move in a new direction, or think differently? How can I carry it with me into the New Year?
As we prepare for the Winter Solstice, let’s allow the introspective sides of our personalities to come forth through yoga, meditation, prayer, journaling, or even sitting quietly. And, as we do so, we can recognize our own rebirth of the Self just in time to celebrate the closing of this year and the welcoming of another (and ahem… that sounds so much better than resolutions to me…).
I’d love to hear about how you’re honoring the season or a challenge you’ve faced this year. Your words always mean so much. If you have five minutes, please write and share. For now, In a few days, I’ll be taking a break for the season. More letters to come in 2019!
With so much love and the most splendid holiday wishes to you,
P.S. Hadas will be leading a Winter Solstice practice on Friday evening at the studio in Lewisburg at 5:45 p.m. If you happen to be in Rhode Island (I know there are some RI readers!), please join me for a community practice at All That Matters at 1:00 p.m. I’ll be sharing about the Winter Solstice there, and I’m excited about it!
P.P.S. We have TWO giveaway winners! Renee and Katy, I will be reaching out soon to schedule our private yoga coaching calls. Thank you for all who shared these letters and who helped to spread the word about Yoga Dear. <3 <3 <3 It means more than I can put into words here.