This year, rather than gathering for Winter Solstice, I'm sharing my ritual with you...
How has your month been so far?
My December has been packed with behind-the-scenes creating and planning. Although I've been taking a social media break, I'm still managing to stay busy enough to avoid my own inner work. When I notice that, I turn to journaling and meditation.
Here's a simplified version of my Winter Solstice self-reflection ritual. These prompts are less about looking back and reflecting, and more about envisioning and initiating through the fire of transformation. We are bringing light to darkness on the longest night.
I use a candle. You can light any sort of (safe) fire and do some Trāṭaka, or gazing meditation.
When I'm ready, I ask myself one question at a time, and write whatever comes to the surface:
- What fires me up?
- What inspires me?
- What are my core values?
- What do I need to create, in order to serve my values?
- Who do I need to become, in order to serve my values?
- When I am aligned with my values, what is my intention?
- What limiting beliefs and obstacles are arising?
- How does my shadow side need to express itself?
I write my obstacles on tiny strips of paper, invite them to enlighten me, and pause.
Obstacles may be personal, interpersonal or systemic.
More obstacles often arise as I gaze quietly into the flame, and it may take several rounds before I feel clear. Then I burn them all up! I wonder if you will find it as satisfying as I do?
Post your values, intention and whatever else inspires you somewhere prominent.
You could use the prompts without the candle, but if you do bring fire into your ritual, be safe!
If you incorporate any part of this ritual into your solstice, please let me know in the comments.
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