Many clients have been telling me that they feel down at this time of year. Not what you would call depression. Just a temporary lowness of spirits, probably related to a lack of sunlight, and very likely part of life’s natural rhythm.
Christmas advertising and musical reminders in every retail outlet since mid-November insisting that we are all supposed to be “merry and bright” at this “most wonderful time of the year” can leave you feeling out of step.
Today, in the Northern Hemisphere, December 21st marks the shortest day of the year. By 4pm it will be dark outside. It can be a little depressing but in Pagan times this day symbolised the birth of the sun and was welcomed as a powerful transition point between seasons.
Here are a few suggestions to help give you another perspective on this time of year:
- Try to take a few minutes outdoors while it’s still bright today or tomorrow. Go for a walk, or wrap up and enjoy your tea break while sitting outside for a few minutes. Notice what’s happening in nature. The trees are bare, the animals are hibernating, all of nature has slowed down. This is a time of quiet energy.
- In harmony with nature, slow down and take this opportunity to reflect. Consider what is working well in your life and what can be renewed and regenerated.
- If we want to use it, the solstice offers an opportunity set goals and intentions for the coming year, to examine and let go of our past, and to make changes within ourselves.
- When you get home this evening, bring extra light into your space. A real fire, candles, the lights on the Christmas tree will all help to brighten the longest night. See the brightness as a symbol of hope and regeneration in the world and in your life.