This is my second Winter Solstice post this year, but I felt inspired, so here you go!
The shortest day, the longest night. No matter what came over the past year, you can release it into the darkness of this magical night. You can let it go. It’s the perfect night for letting go of all things that do not serve you, and while I don’t generally advise putting ANY attention on things you do not want, if you’re having trouble doing that with some of them, this might be your perfect opportunity.
You’ll need a small fire. You can make a bonfire outside near sunset, or use your fireplace if you have one. You can use an iron cauldron or other fireproof container in a room without smoke detectors or outside.
Write down the things you want to be rid of-not in too much detail. One or two words. “The accident” or “the incident” or “that person.” You’ll know what or who you mean. Too much attention is the wrong approach.
Before you toss each scrap of paper into your fire, or light it in your cauldron, hold it for a moment, and think about what you learned from it. What new desires did the unwanted experience cause you to launch? What do you now know you want, that you didn’t know you wanted before? What do you want more strongly than you ever wanted it before? What new shining experience are you now looking ahead toward, new dream, new goal, that will fill the space this old thing leaves behind?
Say these things aloud. Let the understanding settle deeply into you that the thing you so want to be rid of was a gift. It brought you more clarity. It caused you to desire more strongly and desire is what becomes your new reality. There is no desire without contrasting experience, and there is no creation without strong desire.
As you speak these things, you’ll feel a certain peace settle over you. Thank this thing you want to be rid of. Thank it, and tell it that it has served its purpose and that you need it no longer. It can now dissipate from your experience. You need never think about it again.
Toss the paper into the fire, or light it in the cauldron and watch it burn. I like to do this as the sun is setting. I am surrendering this thing I do not want to the longest night, and the night will carry it away into the darkness. It dies, this thing, with the dying of the old sun, the dying of the old solar year that ends this night.
The dawn tomorrow brings a new solar year. The sun is reborn. And so are we. It’s our great annual do-over. We are fresh and new and anything is possible.
It is important on this newborn day, to put your focus purely on the new desires you are now creating. Start listing them, journaling about them, thinking about them, and eagerly anticipating their arrival.
As the thoughts of the old things try to creep back in, just gently redirect your brain to the new things you are creating.
And may your new year be bliss-filled!
PS: Here’s Lisa Thiel’s Winter Solstice Song! Enjoy!