Posted on Dec 21st, 2009 by Allison (Whatever)

Happy Winter Solstice

Today the sun is at it’s lowest pint on the horizon, giving us the shortest day of the year. The word “Solstice” is derived from the Latin phrase for “sun stands still.”
Tomorrow the days will begin getting longer… Are you settling in to enjoy winter? It does have it’s own, special beauty.

Are you doing anything to celebrate or mark the arrival and passing of the solstice? Perhaps you can celebrate by enjoying this video – a Winter Solstice Meditation.

I love the stillness of winter. It doesn’t last long – and it is often colder than I’d like, but there is something quite remarkable and centering about a quiet, still winter night – especially with snowfall. I’m especially enjoying the twinkling lights on my tree and the glow of candles each night.


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Robert on December 21st, 2009 at 10:46 pm

No chance for stillness around here (with a 7 year old at night and construction on the main floor of this house during the day). And in such an urban area, no forests or wilderness to find yourself lost in the magic of it.

But I used to walk City Creek canyon after a heavy snow, and it was magical. A true spiritual experience. The trees where crystallized against a dark blue sky that day. The road had been plowed, but other than the plow no vehicles allowed. And best of all, nobody else was up that canyon that day. I was the only one for the entire 6 miles.

In Idaho I used to drive out to Beauty Bay in winter and sit in the car. Sometimes Garfield Bay on Lake Pend’ Orielle…

When you have nature around, it can be a wonderous experience.

Kristin on December 22nd, 2009 at 3:39 am

What a peaceful video. Thanks for sharing. The little cardinals make me happy.

I love a still dark winter night, especially with snowfalls and twinkling colored lights. This is a lovely season.

I will be ready for spring by February 1st though 😉

Jean on December 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 am

My fondest winter memory is of a huge snowfall in Salt Lake. I was about 17. It had snowed all day. At midnight Christmas Eve I braved the snow to stand on the front lawn, (with snow up to my knees) and listen to the Christmas bells being played; from the large Catholic church nearby. They were a little bit far away sounding due to the very large snowflakes falling. It was a magical moment that I will never forget.
I enjoyed the video and I love your blog

Michelle on December 22nd, 2009 at 11:03 am

Yes, I miss the snow, especially during Christmas time. I love my green grass and orange trees hanging with ripe fruit right now, but nothing was more quiet and peaceful than Salt Lake at night with fresh snow covering everything. I didn’t so much like the snow hanging around til March tho.

Paul on December 22nd, 2009 at 11:06 am

I think you guys are nutty. I think snow is satanic. It makes my blood pressure rise just thinking about it. I’m so glad it’s no longer something that I have to deal with. As far as meditation, I’ll take a clip of a beach with warm sun.

Debra on December 22nd, 2009 at 11:15 am

I love, love, love the fall. Second, winter and, like you Allison, the stillness and the special beauty that comes with it.

Debra on December 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 am

I love, love, love the fall. Second, winter and, like you Allison, the stillness and the special beauty that comes with it.

Ashley Rae on December 22nd, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I love the snow for about a month. But I don’t like it when it is accompanied by zero degree weather. I love 30-40 degree snow weather. Where you can go outside and not feel snot dripping down your nose and turning into icicles.

I’ll be happy when spring is here.

irene on December 22nd, 2009 at 3:34 pm

a blanket of new fallen snow is BEAUTIFUL. I also love to see it the next day when the sun is shinning and it looks like billions of diamonds glittering as far as you can see. However, I’m sure happy to be here in AZ where the temperatures are mild and flowers are in bloom :o)

Brandon Pearce on December 23rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I think watching snow fall can be beautiful, maybe even cozy. And I do enjoy a good snowball fight now and then.

But I am SO done with winter in Salt Lake, and especially with the toxic inversions that come with it every year! Driving in snow isn’t fun either. Give me the tropics! I don’t think I ever want to come back to Utah during the winter.

craig on December 24th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Some of my best memories include snow in Utah. Especially after that wondrous 14 inches of snow that fell the day before and I’m outside in my robe hoping the car will start. Finally it starts and I’m outside again scraping the windshield with my debit card because the scraper just snapped into 3 pieces in the 13 degree weather. Now out on the open road where the beauty of yesterday is now all a brownish grey sheet of frozen crystals and my car is so black ice and salt laden it looks like it was used in the filming of Dr. Zhivago. It wouldn’t be so bad but as I remember I was the only one who knew how to operate a motorized vehicle in those conditions. And like Brandon – nothing can match the soupy inversions of the high desert valleys in January. Just thinking about it makes me check to make sure my inhaler is handy.

I think I’ll stay here in the Redwoods with Paul.

Chris on December 29th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Interesting…I was just reading a blog about how the Yule log was burned on the longest night of the year to keep light in the house or something like that. Anyway, it had to do with the winter solstice. I wish I had a fireplace to burn a Yule log or any other log.
I really miss the snow at Christmas, and those really snowy nights that are so quiet, it really is a “blanket” of snow, muffling everything. It took some getting used to, wrapping lights around cactus and palm trees. :/

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