Winter Solstice 2014: Here Comes the Sun!

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There’s something about the Winter Solstice in North America, perfectly timed with celebrations around the birth of Christ and the turning of the annual calendar that really appeals to me this year.

Call it a desperate plea for an upward trend, financial fortitude and business success.

Tweet: I don’t know about you, but I’m oh-so-ready to kick butt and take names in 2015. I’m through playing small. @bheretoday

What the solstice means for you and me

In a 2012 Huffington Post article, teacher and activist T. Thorn Coyle wrote, “For contemporary people, solstices — summer or winter — are a chance to still ourselves inside, to behold the glory of the cosmos, and to take a breath with the Sacred.”

I couldn’t read that sentence without pausing, taking a deep breath, and reading it again.

The Winter Solstice began last night at 5:03 Central time, making Sunday night the longest (and darkest) night of the year. Today, our days grow gradually longer (and brighter) as we work our way back to the sun.

Tweet: What do you say that we make a concerted effort to leave the darkness of our souls behind and embrace the light? @bheretoday

We can follow the tradition of centuries of people before us who celebrated the winter solstice with feasts of joy and merriment.

Did you know that in pre-Christian Scandinavia, there was a Feast of Juul to celebrate the rebirth of the sun? Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days and eventually gave way to the custom of burning a Yule log at Christmastime.

Are you ready to get busy?

Now is the time to plant seeds for your growth in the Spring of 2015. “When you think about 2015, start with deciding who you want to be versus what you want to do or accomplish,” says my friend Tess Marshall who has a new venture starting in January called the Unstoppable Courage Club.

Who do you want to be in 2015? I decided this morning as I journaled about who I want to be instead of what I want to accomplish, to use I Am statements instead of I Want statements. Much more powerful.

For example, I Am physically and mentally healthy and I Am a successful and prosperous writer and marketer.

What are your strong I Am statements? Let’s get busy and get those statements seeded so the returning sun can grow them!

Metaphorically, many of us have endured long and dark nights. The beauty of this time of year is we can allow ourselves to catch the sun’s rays and ride them into a new and beautiful life.

I am so ready. Aren’t you?

I’ll leave you with this thought from T. Thorn Coyle:

After the longest night, we sing up the dawn. There is a rejoicing that, even in the darkest time, the sun is not vanquished. Sol Invictus — the Unconquered Sun — is seen once again, staining the horizon with the promise of hope and brilliance.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Blessed Winter Solstice to you!

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2 Comments

  1. I love this line, “What do you say that we make a concerted effort to leave the darkness of our souls behind and embrace the light?” The I am statements can get the power flowing and opens the doors to us embracing our greatest selves. I’m so excited for Tess and her courage club. I’m also happy to share my Rise Up Moms Club for moms that are struggling with their child’s drug and alcohol issues. 2015 will definitely be a new year. Happy holidays Beth!

  2. Beth says:

    Cathy,

    I just know your Rise Up Moms Club is going to be super-successful for you, as is Tess’ Bold Courage Club. Here’s to all of us doing great things individually and together!

    All the best to you and your family!

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