This past weekend, we welcomed the Winter Solstice in Iowa. It’s traditionally a time for renewal, reflection and rest for ourselves as individuals and the earth as a provider.
The solstice greeted us on December 22 at 04:19 Universal Time (UTC). This is when the sun reaches its furthest southern point, creating the shortest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
This also means longer days are coming as we approach spring.
During this time I’ve been spending extra time outdoors connecting with my favorite trees, the sun, a few deer, the moon, a red fox, a pair of crows and other nature friends.
These quiet moments spent in observation often lead to soul-level awe and nourishing tranquility. Do you notice this too?
A Winter Solstice Haiku
From the depth of dark,
White light visions and dreams merge,
Rebirth to all life.
Do you celebrate the Winter Solstice? Did you go for a walk? Write in your journal? Go to bed early? I’d love to hear about your form of rest and renewal in the comments below!
Until next time,
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