This is the time of year where most cultures and religions – at least from the northern hemisphere – are celebrating Light on Earth. This celebration takes on many forms, and most traditions include lighting candles and sharing wishes of joy and prosperity. It is no coincidence; most religions have modelled their celebrations of light upon the very ancient traditions of observing the sun’s cycles. You see, this is the time of the Winter Solstice, where the Sun appears to come closer to the Earth and the days start to get longer. For the Ancients, this was a time to reflect upon and celebrate divine Mystery.
|My kitchen island dressed up as an
Altar to the 4 Elements
To me, the Winter Solstice is the perfect time to meditate on my shadow aspects and also on the projects and energy I want to bring forth in the coming year. I typically stay up the whole night of the Solstice painting, dancing, meditating and enjoying the company of like-minded friends. At sunrise, we go outdoors near the beautiful St. Lawrence River and we ring bells to welcome the sun and the new solar year. We finally go to bed at around 8AM. The deeper significance of this night of vigil is that there is always hope, even in our darkest of times. There are many nuggets of truth and wisdom to gain from meditating on our darker aspects. These lessons help grow our Soul and reconnect us to the source of Light and Love. These lessons help us understand what is truly important to our Soul, and help shed light on how we can make the world a better place by being more authentic and empowered.
|This year’s Winter Solstice
Looking at this time of celebration through the lens of the Solar Plexus Chakra, it is a perfect time to tend to our inner light, where we store our vital life force energy. Take this quick quiz to check in on your Solar Plexus:
Simply answer YES or NO to each of the statements below.
How did you score? If you answers “NO” more than four times, it may indicate that your solar plexus chakra is lacking in energy. If you score four or more YES answers, wonderful! You are balanced in the solar plexus centre.
I love a good Sun Meditation to help balance my energy and boost my confidence, joy and personal radiance. Use this visualization to enhance your inner peace and sense of self-worth. When possible, do this meditation while standing in sunlight, offering your forehead and solar plexus to the light and warmth of the sun.
Take a deep breath, and gently close your eyes. Imagine yourself standing at the top of a mountain. With your inhale, imagine you are breathing in the golden light from the sun. With your imagination, bring this golden breath to your stomach area, where it ignites the spark within your own fire centre. You are filled with this brilliant solar energy. Your power centre is radiating with vital life force. Imagine that with each breath, you are bringing golden light to your entire body, especially to areas that feel cold or achy. When your body is filled imagine that, with your exhale, you are sharing this golden light to your projects, to your relationships, to your finances… Envelop them in golden light, and know that this light will energize them and will help them grow. When you feel complete, gently open your eyes and give thanks to the Sun. Take this calm and restorative power into your life and move forwards with confidence and courage.
Surrounding you in Love & Light.