Shorter days and colder nights signal the time is near for Winter Solstice. This occurs on December 21, 2016. It is the end of a 6 6-monthourney that Mother Earth takes announcing the arrival of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a day that marks the return of the sun and of the longer days we experience in the summer solstice that occurs in June.
During this time of the year the earth’s tilt is leaning farthest away from the sun in the Northern hemisphere therefore, the light is the shortest at this time of the year and the sun has its lowest arc in the sky. Even today, not unlike our ancestors we celebrate this change in various ways. Solstice celebrations are universal and important to our hearts and souls as it connects us with the rhythm of our lives. The winter solstice brings an end to this year. It is a time of renewal, review and birthing new possibilities for a new year.
“Who tells me thou art dark, oh my mother Divine, thousands of suns and moons from thy body do shine.”
While the cold and darkness is for some challenging, it is actually a wonderful time to experience a moving inward for reflection and renewal. I love the winter’s abundance of darkness; because I find it easier to travel within and connect to my inner essence during this time. The best way to describe why this happens can be summed up in the meaning of this beautiful ancient Sanskrit chant that explains the importance that darkness has for us. It goes like this: “Who tells me thou art dark, oh my mother Divine, thousands of suns and moons from thy body do shine.” It is the feminine energy that takes the form of darkness that surrounds and holds space for the light of the stars in the night sky. Dark is not scary or bad, but alive with an energy of potential, unrealized and unformed, but full of possibilities.
Aligning to this natural rhythm of the wintertime with its long dark nights, like our ancient ancestors we connect with the mystery of all that is yet to be created in the next year. That is why crating an environment for resting, renewal and meditating is so vital for this time.
One of my favorite” mini environments” that I create this time of the year to connect with the mystery of the dark is a dream lodge. What is a dream lodge? It is a special place that you can let go of the external world and either sit, lie down to mediate, contemplate, rest or journey in. Its main purpose is to relax completely and give yourself a space, place and time to renew, restore and remember your soul’s dream. This space should feel extra comfortable, safe, warm and relaxing. Preferable, this is where you can be alone and uninterrupted.
Dark is not scary or bad, but alive with an energy of potential, unrealized and unformed, but full of possibilities.
Here is how I created a dream lodge, meditation space.
I took a netting canopy and hung it from my ceiling. I brought into that space my special crystals, rocks and personal and meaningful items. I also placed cushion to sit on and a few battery operated candles. Early in the morning before my daughter awakes I crawl into this sacred space my dream lodge and meditate for 10 to 20 minutes. I emerge refreshed and ready for the day. I feel good going into that space, it relaxes me, it makes me feel safe and behind the veil of the mystery. It has produced some of my deepest mediation experiences that I have ever had.
Here are some additional ideas to create a dream lodge for you. For you, it may be a favorite chair by a window with a garden view or with your special items and a stack of books or a journal next to it. Let this be the place that you review and acknowledge yourself for a job well done in 2016. It can also help to rejuvenate yourself as you recommit yourself to your new dreams for 2017. It will be valuable time well spent on building your soul currency. It will be your best gift that you give yourself.