Aloe-n in the shadows...
Happy Winter Solstice! 🖤🖤🖤✨
The perfect time for reflection and pause, soup and stews, fires and flasks and beanies, lush aromatic and fragrant fynbos, epic surf, red wine and 100 cups of herbal tea, plus all the books and crafts, and lets be honest, Netflix series we’ve been wanting to catch up on 😆Any good planty/ farmy / foodie movie or series recommendations out there?
Most gorgeous photo by @gabrielle.holmes 💕
Silence harbours the wholeness we long for.. it is always within us, we may steer away from it, into the noise and busy distractions of life, the noise of our thoughts and feelings... that of which we more often than not choose to live in rather than the depth of silence... .
My mind gets busy, real fcken busy! I’m working on honouring that part within me that doesn’t always go straight into that overactive drive.. it takes practice, I’m learning what tools work for me and what hinders my process— of course these tools are different for everyone.. but such silence seems to be enveloping my life ever more; after years of hectic partying, I have finally realised I’m just not that person anymore; and that is okay.. I’m cultivating other parts of my being that are giving me the fuel for my current stage in evolution...
Quiet times, quiet introspection, deep dives into my soul like never before... and I got to admit; it feels pretty special... sending Solstice blessings to y’all 🖤..
❄️ Happy Winter Solstice to those of us in the Southern Hemisphere. ❄️ During the colder winter months, it's the time of the Kidney energy in Chinese Medicine and a time to hibernate and recharge our batteries before springtime growth comes around.
The Holiday of the Winter Solstice celebrates the presence of Spirit and the power of faith and hope that our visions of the future will come into manifestation.
All we can do in the middle of winter is pray and hope that the light will return. Winter Solstice is not about having the light. It is about carrying hope and moving toward a vision that we will work to make a reality.
It is a time of patience, like that of an expectant mother who can sense the spirit of the child within but must wait until the actual quickening that physical life is truly within her.
We must wait in the darkness of Midwinter, and this is not easy for most of us who are not comfortable with the dark, silence, resting and dreaming.
In the darkest part of the year when the days are shortest, Nature asks us to slow down and enjoy a cup of warm tea, to be with loved ones, to listen rather than to speak.
Under the ground the earth silently sleeps. Seeds rest in suspended animation, and the animals hibernate. In contrast, we humans rush frantically to the malls, stressing ourselves with activity when we really need to rest, dream and gather strength in our bodies for the coming season of renewal. For many people in Australia, taking the time to dream and rest is seen as a sign of laziness.
However, nature teaches us that resting, drawing inward for a time, is present in all living things. Rest is necessary for growth that comes later in the season.
The Sun will return.” ~from RUTH BARRET
Beautiful repost thanks @thatbowlgirl ! So resonates as I stay home alone tonight to slow down, be kind, sit with the darkness and self care and nourish!
What are you doing to nourish your heart today?
W I N T E R | S O L S T I C E
Winter isn't exactly a time of crazy celebration, wild nights out with friends, or intense socialising. The inherently private nature of the winter requires a level of introversion that can be troubling to those who are naturally more extroverted. The winter solstice asks us to be patient, to be silent, to wait. Nature itself is asking us all to slow down, to rest, to enjoy the warmth in the sheltered comfort of our homes, laying under piles of blankets, and deep conversation with our friends or significant others. Even animals know this, as they go into hibernation for the winter.
The winter is a time of darkness, and one way to honor the equinox is to lean into that darkness by enjoying the silence it brings, and by going within yourself to find your own unique light. Since the days grow shorter and the night grows longer, the winter solstice isn't about having more light, but it's about carrying it within yourself, whatever that means to you.
It might mean the visions you have for yourself in the future, it might mean the hope you have for the spring, or on a more tangible level, a project you've had in the works through the winter that you plan to finish by spring. Sit with your imagination and your thoughts; you may not be able to go outside for a walk, but you can enjoy the wide open space within yourself, which is limitless.