Winter solstice, falling this year on Sunday, Dec. 21, marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Specifically, at 6:03 p.m. eastern standard time, when the Northern Hemisphere is pointed at its furthest distance from the sun. This means we experience the longest night and the shortest day of the year.

Since neolithic times winter solstice has been celebrated as a sacred time of renewal and rebirth. Winter Solstice is honoured as nature’s physical equivalent of a spiritual awakening. It is a time to find our own enlightenment.

Take time today to reflect upon and embrace all that is best in your inner most nature. Take time as well, to look into your shadows and fears, understanding awareness can allow for healing and change. Nothing is more powerful than compassion and love, find this for yourself and become renewed in it. Like the sun, the light of awareness, acceptance and love will overcome any darkness. Follow nature’s path to shift into a new empowered mindfulness.

Trust the possibilities that come in life lessons and find gratitude in challenges and hardship. The Winter Solstice marks this  journey we all have the opportunity to take, to live consciously,  accepting everything is as it is mean to be. Let go of anything that limits you and be reminded this present moment is all that has significance.

The word solstice is derived from the Latin word solstitium: sol meaning sun and stitium meaning stoppage. One ancient definition of solstice is “standing still sun.”

Take time today for stillness to consciously let go of times where there was fear the light in you life would not return. Embrace knowing the light is always there we just have to trust beyond the darkness. Listen for that inner wisdom that exists within us and surrounds us when we quiet our thought and doubt, to let our truth be revealed. Use this symbolic time to find the faith that you can feel your way through the longest, darkest times.

I wish you a winter solstice that is magical, contemplative and rich with renewal.