First off, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all of the love and support that I've received since Indie's passing. I am so appreciative. Really, thank you!
I really love the winter solstice. I don't know why. I think because winter is such a tough time for so many people we must find some happiness. For me, the increased burden of farm chores in the cold, dark, dreary mornings & nights get me a little down. I actively started looking for something to bring me some joy.
I read a post from Meg Brauch last year that really resonated with me. She really has a way with words and I felt so much better about trudging through my winter blues. The horses don't complain so they are always good role models for me.
This year, a previous trainer of mine posted something that struck me in the same way and I wanted to share it with you. The original post is by Venice Wyatt.
"The winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this is a period of descent and rest, of going within our homes, within ourselves and taking in all that we have been through, all that has passed in this full year which is coming to a close... like nature and the animal kingdom around us, this time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired limbs, our burdened minds.
Our modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, over spending, comfort food and consumerism. And yet the natural tug to go inwards as nearly all creatures are doing is strong and the weather so bitter that people are left feeling that winter is hard, because for those of us without burning fires and big festive families, it can be lonely and isolating. Whereas in actual fact winter is kind, she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards this annual time of peace and reflection, embracing the darkness and forgiving, accepting and loving, embracing goodbye [to] the past year.
"Winter takes away the distractions, the buzz, and presents us with the perfect time to rest and withdraw into a womb like love, bringing fire & light to our hearth".
.. and then, just around the corner the new year will begin again, and like a seed planted deep in the earth, we will all rise with renewed energy once again to dance in the sunlight
Life is a gift <3 a Happy winter to you all... "
Winter solstice will be upon us in a week. Make it a time of celebration. The days now start to get longer, ever so slowly, and the light is what we can look forward to.