My Dear Sunrise Walker Friends,
Because I will not be leading a Sunrise Walk this December 21st due to shelter-in-place, I want to give you a couple rituals and gifts of the season that may offer you healing light of the Winter Solstice from your own home.
Light bathing at sunrise: Being bathed in natural light is one of the most ancient experiences for human beings. The gentle blue/gold light of sunrise, so easy on your eyes, can heal your body and soul. Meeting the fresh morning light helps to organize circadian rhythms. Finding this internal timing originated in the earliest organisms on Earth and it’s still essential today for our bodies to regulate themselves and for our well-being.
Light bathing in late afternoon: In December, in the northern hemisphere, the north pole is tilted away from the incoming sunshine. Sunlight strikes the surface of our earth at an angle. Winter light is spread across a wider area causing a spectrum of light that radiates a special winter glow and color in the late afternoon. The hours between 3-5pm have a special glow for me. I feel surrounded by this gentle light, feeling held and safe.
Light bathing under the night sky: One of the softest ways to bathe in the winter’s light is to be outside under the starry night sky. Right now, Jupiter and Saturn are lining up in the southwest horizon at sunset. On December 21, they will come together as one star, also know as the “Christmas Star”. This Christmas Star (the two planets aligned) will light up the sky for the first time in 800 years. You will see these great planets in the sky after sundown for the next couple weeks. Read more about the Christmas Star here.
I hope you find these rituals and gifts of the season inspiring during the holidays. Bathing in winter’s light at sunrise, in the late afternoon, or even under the night’s sky can be very healing.
Wishing you the blessing of winter’s light,