Greetings Star Seeds and a blessed Winter Solstice to you,
Winter is the time to go within. We can look to nature for guidance; animals hibernate, vegetation lies dormant, the Earth is resting and restoring Herself. I like to think of winter as a long and luxurious savasana, restorative and deliciously deserved after a time of dynamic expression! In stillness, we receive the full benefits of our work. They say it is the most important pose of all.
While the holidays often bring much external activity, if we give ourselves the gift of quietude and introspection just for a few minutes a day, and start anchoring this as a daily practice, when we are called to engage with the outer world, we do so from a much more grounded and solid place and we utilize our energy in more effective ways. There is an invitation during this time of Winter Solstice, to ask: “What am I willing to release?” As the year comes to a close, turn inwards, connect with your truest and highest self, and contemplate this question so that with the return of the light, a space for what you wish to embrace and dedicate yourself to can start to reveal itself. This is a great time to journal, make a vision board, meditate, give voice to your inner muse, breathe, dream, journey inward, storytell by the fire, ponder, wonder, walk in nature, pray, be grateful, rest, do nothing, smile inwardly, forgive.
I find that when I devote myself to more internal pursuits, I have more clarity, focus, and discernment. I can more easily turn off the external noise and hear the guidance of my higher self. My life feels more balanced, I am less likely to be ‘off-kilter’. Decisions become effortless and my energy has a sense of containment. I encourage you to just be in the darkness. Resting in the fallow earth, just a few minutes a day can be life-changing!
I offer you this simple exercise to release what no longer serves your highest good. Stand in nature, barefoot if possible. Feel your feet firmly planted and held by the Earth. Imagine that you have roots like a tree extending from the soles of your feet deep down into the Earth. Ground these roots into the Earth’s core. Then simply scan your body and your energy field and intend that anything that is not of the highest vibration to drain out and away from you through your root system. You don’t even need to name it or attach story to it. Simply release, intend to let go, and breathe that energy into the Earth. You can see it as golden light entering the Earth as pure potential energy to be recycled and transmuted into nutrients to feed the Earth. Do this a few times if it feels appropriate or until you feel an energetic shift. Be gentle with yourself during the process. It is always appropriate to ask your guides, angels and allies for assistance!
Next, feel your weight on the Earth. These roots are your grounding cord and can serve both as a release method and a filling method to bring energy back into your body. Once the release is complete, you reverse the process. Bring your awareness back to your feet and see the roots pull up and into your entire system the qualities of grounding, solidness, support, nourishment, balance, steadfastness. Like a thirsty plant soak up all these wonderful qualities, feel yourself becoming restored at a cellular level. You can also open up your crown chakra and allow this energy to flow up and out of your crown bathing your entire aura as it washes over you like a waterfall of light. When we attend to our connection with the Earth and Nature, shifts happen on all levels. Try this and see what evolves for you.
It is my greatest wish that your holiday celebrations are love-filled and bring you all the joy and bliss that is your Divine birthright. As the light returns, may each of us shine our lights brightly and step into our power and sovereignty.
With infinite love and gratitude,
Claudia is a nature lover, alchemist and dreamer. She lives with her life partner, Ilan and her beloved dog, Osa.