There is something truly special about the upcoming Winter Solstice. And, to me, it is a gift.
Come December, the month of the longest night, it might be easy to complain (in the Northern Hemisphere) about the unbroken darkness. And many people do, through clenched jaws and cold fists: “It’s tooooooo dark. It’s tooooooo cold. . .I can’t wait for Spring to return.”
Mostly, when I come in contact with these people, I just try to smile and nod and send them loving thoughts. (I’m not going to lie - I might also secretly size up their lack of appropriate attire for the weather. In Maine we have a saying: There is no bad weather. Only bad clothing choices).
But, lately I’ve also stopped and wondered about our general discomfort, as people, with darkness.
Sadly, we’ve blinded ourselves to darkness. Filled our world with bulbs of various varieties - LED, halogen, fluorescent - things blaring and blinking and beeping. Our 24/7 world even coming with us each night, tiny shining screens in front of our faces as we lay in bed. We have cut ourselves off from the flow between darkness and light - the gifts found in its rise and fall. When was the last time you sat in total darkness? When was the last time you looked up at the night sky? All around us there are lost opportunities for wonder.
This year, what if. . . what if, instead of poo-pooing the darkness you celebrated it? What if you allowed yourself space and time to find your way, by heightening your deeper senses? The senses of the heart and Soul. Your imagination. Your joy.
For the last 7-years, I have found a place where I’ve been able to do just that, at this potent time of year. A place to gather with others, those like me and those wholly different from me, in order to slow down. Rising in the early morning hours - in pitch darkness - with purpose.
3HO’s Winter Solstice is an invitation. It is the Divine whispering, “Please. Come. Closer.” It is a womb. A place where birthing beings. An incubator of unseen dreams, essential growth and fundamental learning. In the darkness and the quiet, you can listen for the questions that come from within: Am I living my truth? Where do I find joy? How can I bring joy to others?
A wise woman once said that December is when the Divine cloaks the world in what amounts to a prayer shawl. Winter Solstice feels just like this. The experience of Summer Solstice in New Mexico may feel like it kicks your ass - Winter Solstice, on the other hand, is a giant hug from the Universe. Winter Solstice invites us to travel a weird and wild paradoxical spiral: we deepen in order to ascend. We spring upward from the new depths we find.
Winter Solstice invites us be our most radiant selves. But first, we must find that radiance deep down, embracing the heart of the darkness.
Yogi Bhajan said, “Travel light. Live light. Spread the light. Be the light.”
First, we must find comfort in the darkness, in order to find the light.
May Solstice be that opportunity for you. And may you find the light.
Deep from within you.
3HO’s Winter Solstice is an uplifting and nurturing Kundalini Yoga experience. They create a lakeside village, in Lake Wales, Florida where you can immerse yourself into a healthy yogic life. Enjoy workshops, morning practice, 3 days of White Tantric Yoga, delicious meals, and cozy community. Learn more and register here.