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THE WINTER SOLSTICE

Published December 14, 2019 by tindertender

THE WINTER SOLSTICE FALLS ON DECEMBER 21 EACH YEAR

In the spirit of self care, community care, accessing our ancestral memory and our most powerful selves, here are 14 different ways that you and your loved ones can spend the winter solstice in observance of a natural phenomena that comes only once a year. Take what works for you from this list, and if possible, consult with elders and your own traditional teachings for guidance on the best ways to acknowledge this event and deepen your spiritual connection during this time.

1. TAKE THE DAY OFF OF WORK OR JUST SLOW DOWN AND REST

2. COOK AND SHARE A HEALTHY, COMFORTING MEAL WITH LOVED ONES

3. REFLECT ON THE PAST YEAR

4. GIVE THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR BLESSINGS

5. CLEAN AND HONOR YOUR LIVING SPACE BY DECLUTTERING

6. SHOW THE PEOPLE WHO YOU CARE FOR THAT YOU APPRECIATE THEM

7. CHANNEL YOUR CREATIVE ENERGY THROUGH ARTS, CRAFTS AND EXERCISING YOUR IMAGINATION

8. DRINK NATURAL AND MEDICINAL TEAS

9. PRACTICE SPECIAL SELF-CARE RITUALS FOR SELF AND OTHERS

10. GO TO A CEREMONY OR HOLD A PERSONAL MOMENT OF PRAYER IN YOUR HOME

11. PAY ATTENTION TO THE MOVEMENT OF THE SUN

12. LIGHT A FIRE

13. MAKE OFFERINGS

14. SET INTENTIONS FOR THE LONGER DAYS AHEAD

We know and our ancestors knew that in order to show up for our communities as good relatives and as energized agents of change, we have to be grounded and strong.

https://ndncollective.org/acknowledging-the-winter-solstice-is-a-decolonial-act-for-indigenous-people/

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