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Musings of an Awakening Spirit

Stories, poetry & general musings of Rebecca Haywood, a modern-day Shaman with a penchant for bringing the divine into the human experience.

The Day the Sun Stood Still

Tomorrow the December Solstice begins.  Those in the southern hemisphere celebrate a summer sun at its peak while us northerners greet the shortest and darkest day of winter.  Wherever you stand on this day and whichever season you savor, it is a time for stillness and redirection - a perfect preparation for the New Year.

A Solstice occurs twice a year and marks an apex of proximity and a shift in the sun’s path - the sun’s movement in relation to earth actually pauses and then reverses direction.  Hence the origin of the word from the Latin solstitium, meaning 'the Sun stands still'. 

Many choose to celebrate the seasonal aspects of Solstice by honoring the waxing or waning of the light, but what of this pause BEFORE redirection?  Regardless of how the light pendulum swings, a shift is upon us and even the sun has the wisdom to take a breather.  What if we, like the Solstice sun, took a moment to linger on the horizon between the old and new?  What if we stood still before the dawn?

Personally, I welcome and even create pauses along my journey.  They are the breath before the step that keep me in rhythm with my life.  I recognize that I must exhale the old before I can bring in the new by pausing to reflect, honor, learn, and let go.  In this way, I can redirect my intent as an integration of the past rather than a reaction to it.  Freed from the pull of regret or blame, my journey can continue with the full force of my intent and in alignment with my True North.

With New Year’s Eve looming, I can’t think of a better time to implement this practice, astronomy aside.  After all, tis the season for the obligatory vows to the new, the next, the better. Though we may sing our song to the ‘auld’, we are often more impassioned in our count-down as if in a race to the finish.  

This year, before you step into the new, take a breath and create your own pauses.  Use your time with family and friends to honor them and forgive them if needed.  Reflect on your year and turn regret into wisdom and blame into empowerment.  Stand still with this December Solstice and allow your intentions for the New Year to emerge from a healed place, born of the emptiness and fullness of pure potential.

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