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Winter Solstice Meditation

candles in night

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A time for grieving, acknowledging what's been lost, and letting go.

The winter solstice (Dec 21st) is a powerfully symbolic time. The sun metaphorically dies on the longest, darkest night of the year, and is reborn the next day to begin its journey to the summer solstice. Many world religions have holidays around this time celebrating the return of the light. The time before the winter solstice is a time for grieving, acknowledging what’s been lost, and letting go. The time after the winter solstice is about hope and new beginnings, the rebirth that inevitably comes after death. 

This meditation is also a ritual. You may like to have a candle and lighter for this guided meditation and a piece of paper and pen to write with. You’ll be invited to burn the paper, so make sure you are in a safe, ventilated place with a non-flammable receptacle such as a metal bowl half filled with water. You can also imagine all these elements if you prefer. This is an intuitive ritual for the solstice that is not based in any particular tradition, but if you have one that you follow, please feel welcome to bring in your own elements and include any conception of spirituality that you may have. 

Julie Peters

Julie Peters is a staff writer for Spirituality & Health. She is also a yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and co-owner of Ocean and Crow Yoga studio in Vancouver, BC, with her mom, Jane. She is the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths 2016) and WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media 2019). Learn more at Follow her at @juliejcp.

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