Winter Solstice – Lauren Sanderson-Young BHSc (Acupuncture)

Winter Solstice

I am passionate about living in harmony with the world around me. This may be the visible world, or the unseen world of Universal energies that binds us all and flows through everything. I notice patterns in nature, coincidences, cycles, and I take meaning from them into my life to improve the way I live. For me, a large part of life is learning to let go and harness insight from the impermanent cycles that make up our existence.

Wednesday June 21st marks the Winter Solstice in Australia for 2017. It is the shortest day of the year and is the turn from the cold and darkness to the slowly lengthening days that will eventually return us to Summer. It is the end of one cycle and the beginning of the new and the time to set the intentions you wish to fulfil for the year ahead.

In our lives we live by cycles. Some may be obvious such as the cycle of birth and death, some only if observed, such as the cycle of the moon and its emotional effect on our being, and some we may not even be aware of such as the cycling of oxygenated blood through our bodies and, once de-oxygenated, its return to the lungs and heart to start the cycle again. Everything has a beginning and and end and if we stop and observe the cycles that are all around us, we can begin to live within a harmonious relationship with the pull and flow of the universe that makes up all there is. You may often stop and set monthly intentions with the moon. When she is dark and quiet we can reflect upon what we wish to achieve, see it come into clarity with the full moon and fine tune it in preparation for a new intention with the next new moon. With the seasons, we can set longer goals, more complex with multiple parts that need to be achieved. Now is the time do decide what that intention will be and put it out to the universe. On Wednesday night your yearly goal can be written down, meditated on, or just thought about with intention. As the days become longer, so grows what you set out to achieve. It gathers momentum and energy throughout the warmer months and the benefits can be refined and worked on until the close of the following year at winter solstice.

So use this time to reflect upon what you want to change and enjoy the shedding of one year to the next as we use the dark to let go of the old and embrace the new.

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