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Happy Winter Solstice!

I love the fall, when the weather first starts to change, the smells and the feeling in the air…and then when winter starts to really settle in- so cozy!

It is now full blown Winter! It’s weird at first how it gets dark so early, and sometimes this may cause us to feel depressed, worry, give into our fears, or just feel a bit out of sorts. All of this is totally natural in the Winter.

The key is to keep warm, nourish your soul and feed your spirit with all of the love that you have in your life. Relax and practice patience, and remember that after this beautiful, darker time of the year, Spring is just around the corner! But for right now, be present and enjoy the time that Winter allows for us to go deep inside, heal and take care of ourselves. Nature naturally provides us with warming foods for the wintertime, foods such as root vegetables.These winter foods help balance out the season, store energy, and strengthen yourself. The way you cook during this season can also help seal in warm energy, comfort, and heal yourself. Cooking methods such as cooking long and slow meals, like hearty soups, or using a pressure cooker. You might also find yourself going heavier then usual on oil, baking, or deep-frying, don’t freak out, this is ok! Your body is trying to keep you warm, so in moderation these actions are totally appropriate.

The actual meaning of Winter Solstice is that it’s date signifies the shortest day during the Winter, and the lowest point of the sun. As of today, each day grows longer until June 21st. The actual word ‘solstice’ translates to “sun stands still” since during each year’s two solstices (winter and summer) the sun appears to halt in its gradual journey across the sky. But it can mean more than that in other cultures. Many cultures around the world (both modern & historical) recognize the Winter Solstice as a rebirth of the sun. Traditionally, people B.C. would participate in some sort of nature ceremony to give thanks for the abundance of the summer and fall seasons, as well as celebrate the sun’s return.

Since this day is about celebration, rebirth, and nourishing your self, I hope you take the time to go within and celebrate your kind journey. Almost any kind of nature based celebration is a great way to honor the return of the light. Take a little celebratory walk at sunset, moon gaze by a fire,  or take a special bath.

Do you have anything fun planned in celebration of the solstice? What does it mean to you? What winter dishes do you love?

 

Photo Credit: Deviant Art

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  • Michelle K.

    what a beautiful post! this time of year is one to be with all that we have grown and harvested both physically and emotionally. we slowwww down some in the winter, become more introspective. we warm our bodies with food and deep thought so that we may root in the spring and burst with creativity. there is something so delicious about the quiet of winter. the practice from the perspective of yoga becomes about sitting with ourselves before the birth of spring. everything slow and warming and nurturing.

  • Anna Marie Haggerty

    I love walking in nature and my family and I are going to walk by the beach and mountains and celebrate Winters Solstice! I love home made soups and we enjoy them at this time of year! Mmmm so good!

  • http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk/ Jessica Rose

    I want to *feather my nest more in Winter….or rather eat a lot….my mum use to make a really beautiful stew made from all kind of root vegetables….I always think of this stew in Winter….I have tried to copy…but it’s that type of *special dish that only your mum can make. 😉

  • NCC22

    I love this post! Your kind words and ideas warmed me right up

  • Amanda Williams

    My daughter’s name is Winter, so the Winter Solstice makes me really happy!

  • Verity Ⓥ

    I love the winter solstice because of the lengthening of days here on out and the promise of spring. It’s also known as midwinter because after Samhain the months that followed were considered winter by our ancestors.

    A Yule feast follows the winter solstice to enjoy the bounty of the last harvest knowing that food would be sparse until the ground begins to warm again and bear food.

    For Yule I give my family gifts of seasonal food and ale, and my mum always gives me something she’s made. We keep commercialism out if Yule and make about food and what we’ve made with our own hands. It’s a very meaningful experience.

    I love chunky soups this time of year and homemade spelt bread with a lovely cup of java tea. I like to make kale chips in the dehydrator too. I get a veg box ensuring I eat in season and in climate. It forces me to try new ways of eating, new foods and in season. It keeps food exciting.