The winter solstice is an astronomical event that occurs each year when the tilt of Earth’s axis is farthest away from the sun, resulting in the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This usually happens around December 21st.
The idea of slowing down on the longest day of the year is a reflective practice that aligns with the natural rhythm of the season. As daylight is at its minimum, some cultures see the winter solstice as an opportunity to turn inward, focus on personal and spiritual growth, and appreciate the stillness and quietude that winter brings. It can be a time to rest, recharge, and set intentions for the coming year.
In modern societies, where the winter solstice may not be as widely celebrated, individuals may still find personal significance in using this time to slow down, take stock of the year, and engage in activities that promote inner peace and well-being. This could include spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness, or enjoying quiet moments with loved ones.
Rev. Cynthia Ambriz, thank you for the reminder!