Winter Solstice

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Hello darkness.

I’ve finally learned to embrace you, and even enjoy you.

Today is the Winter Solstice, which means the earth’s axis is tilted the farthest from the sun. Which means it’s the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

There’s a full moon tonight, and a meteor shower—I would kill to be able to see the sky tonight, though with all the rain and clouds in Atlanta, I don’t have high hopes.

Darkness used to scare me. I always sought the light, both symbolically and literally. I gravitate naturally toward joy and levity and humor and good vibes. I love sunshine and warmth and wouldn’t mind living somewhere where summer lasted all year.

But 2016 forced me to face darkness, and to learn to sit with it without succumbing. It taught me that darkness makes light all the more beautiful. It taught me that darkness is an opportunity for reflection, release, and rebirth.

So during this Solstice, consider:

What do you want more of? What do you want to let go of? Who do you want to be, and what do you want your life to look like?

Use this beautiful darkness to figure it out. Light a candle. Sit with yourself. Take some deep breaths. Maybe write in your journal, make a collage, or draw a picture. Go on a walk. Drink tea.

And if the darkness gets to be too much, just remember the moon is there, offering us all the light we need right now.

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ― Rumi