5 Ways to Lighten Up Your Life at the Solstice

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Happy Solstice! 

I'm celebrating the Winter Solstice in the beautiful white wonderland of Maine! 

For those of my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, we are experiencing the longest nights of the year, while those in the Southern Hemisphere are having the longest days of the year. Wherever you are in the world right now - this is a sweet spot in the solar year. It's a potent time for goals and gratitude.

It's a moment of power which can be used for enhanced manifestation, prayer, and intention setting - as well as consciously releasing, letting go of the old, and having gratitude for the growth and journey we have been through in the past year. 

For the Winter Solstice I am taking stock of the past solar year and all the shifts, growth, and adventures that I've been through, and envisioning what I want to create, do and experience in the upcoming year.

As the solar year shifts, it's a good time to release what you no longer want to bring into the next year, and to create space in your life for what you do want to create to grow. Now is the time to clear away the old to make room for new growth and life in the year to come. 

It's a great time to appreciate all the light in your life - whether that is from the Sun, your relationships, your family, your friends, your beloved, your children, your passions, your creativity, and what drives you in this life. 

Take action during the Winter Solstice time to consciously bring more light into your life, to lighten up your mind and spirit, and positively prepare yourself for the new light, life, and growth in the year ahead. 

5 Ways to Bring More Light Into Your Life at the Solstice: 

Light Beeswax Candles in Your Home:

I love the soft warm light of beeswax candles - and the scent of warm honey filling the air is amazing! Lighting candles at the time of the Solstice is a way to physically connect with the light and warmth of the element of fire, and it warms our spirits too. Did you know that regular paraffin candles are made of petroleum and that they pollute the air in your home with toxins while 100% pure beeswax candles actually purify the air and make it cleaner? This is really great in the winter when we are spending more time indoors with the windows closed and gathering with lots of people, to keep everyone healthy. Burning beeswax candles makes anytime, from a family dinner to a holiday celebration, feel more special and elegant. Make sure to get 100% beeswax candles to bring candlelight into your home this winter in a healthy safe way!

Light a Fire:

One of my favorite Solstice traditions is to gather with friends around a fire - whether a bonfire outsides in the snow, a fire pit in the back yard, or a wood stove in the living room and symbolically burn away what we want to release in our lives right now. This is a powerful act of letting go of the old, and making space for the new to grow in the new year ahead. You can write on a small piece of paper what you honor and release in your life from this past year, and throw it into the fire with love, gratitude, and appreciation to release and celebrate. If you don't have a fire, you could use a candle to light your paper and then let it burn up in a fire-proof bowl. I've also burned old papers that have a lot of emotional charge that I am ready to release, such as photos, certificates, documents, etc. Clearing the old makes room for new amazing things to come into our lives and is so potent! I started releasing the old in a Winter Solstice Fire 13 years ago, and it's one of my favorite practices to make space for the New Year. 

Get Active:

Stay positive and healthy in the wintertime by activating your brain! Medical science used to believe that as our brain ages, we inevitably have decreased brain cell activity and that it was impossible to regenerate brain cells. Luckily, neurologists have now discovered that there are many ways to create new neurological growth and connections in our brains. Neurogenesis is the creation of new brain cells and there are many ways to do this. One of them is intense physical activity - so remember during these dark times of the year to still get active and exercise! Go dancing, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or take a new fitness or yoga class. Juggling has been shown to stimulate new brain cell growth also. You can also get into bed with your beloved to keep warm and stay healthy - sex has been shown to stimulate neurogenesis and keep our bodies and brains in top condition. So lighting up your love life will lighten up your brain as well!  

Light Up Your Mind:

Lighten up your brain by immersing yourself in reading a really good book. When you read a book and get lost in the story, words, and pages, then your whole brain creates many neurological connections and "lights up". The long nights and cold days of winter are a great time to stock up your library and spend time reading each day. This keeps your mind active, reduces depression, increases intelligence, and is a great way to focus on what you want to be bringing into your life this year. Want to get healthier this year? Read a book about health. Want to create a successful business? Read a book about business. Want to grow an amazing garden this year? Read about it! I am an avid reader, and this time of year, curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee or mate and a good book is one of my favorite things to do. I read non-fiction books about 90% of the time, to keep learning new things, staying up to date on new thoughts in my fields of interest, and to study how to grow in ways I want to expand my life. Reading is one of the most powerful practices to enlighten our minds and life. 

Share a Meal: 

When we eat together with friends and family we release oxytocin, the love hormone, which helps us bond and connect. Sharing a meal with the ones we love, or with new friends, helps us to grow in friendships, relationships, and community. The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to gather with the people in your life and share food. When we sit together and enjoy a good meal, with are bringing more light into our lives through deepening our love, trust, and connections. Reach out to someone who you would like to connect more with in your life and invite them to coffee or lunch. Nourish your relationships. So gather together with your community today - whether to share a pot of Solstice Soup, mugs of hot chocolate, a family dinner, or a weekend brunch - and feel the love warm up your life this winter!

What are you doing to bring the light into your life this Solstice?

I'd love to hear your comments below. 

Many blessings, 

Kara

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