I've always wanted to celebrate Winter Solstice, the longest night and the shortest day of the year, but since I didn't grow up with this tradition, I was unsure how to do it. This year I am applying my general motto in life: keep it simple and sincere.
ANNAPURNA LIVING GUIDE TO A SIMPLE AND SINCERE WINTER SOLSTICE
1. Invite some friends over—or not; I am keeping it small this year but inviting friends who we feel absolutely comfortable with.
2. Make a pot of soup. As the soup simmers...
3. ...do a big or little clean and think of is a deep cleansing. Wash your floors and kitchen sink with lavender essential oil mixed with rosemary. Think about what you want to release. Use the simple ritual of cleaning your home as an invocation; as a fresh start. Move the furniture around if you feel like it. Put new sheets on your bed.
4. Create a winter altar—perhaps paint a sun and place it in the middle of your altar. Have your children bring something to the altar, something that infuses this time of darkness with a great big hint of hopeful light.
5. Light a fire and feel the warmth.
6. Make a pot of yogi tea, pour it into your mugs and go outside. Walk around your neighborhood. Regardless if you live in the city or country, find ways to connect to nature.
7. Have each guest wash their own soup bowl and encourage them to think of a wish that is living in them as they hold their dish under the water. This serves two obvious functions: a wish and a clean kitchen.
7. After washing their bowl, ask whoever is willing to bring their wish to the fire. Have paper and crayons or pens for those too shy to speak it aloud.
8. Laugh and tell stories.
9. Say thank you to each person who came and celebrated. Hold their hand or give them a hug. Connect heart to heart, for this is sacred stuff here. Honor it.
10. Ask for a dream before you go to sleep. Keep a journal next to the bed so you can write it down in the morning.
Keep it simple and sincere. Share your winter altar with us on Instagram or tell us how you intend to celebrate the winter solstice. Use the hashtag #annapurnaliving so I can see it and celebrate with you.
Creating new rituals takes time and patience. Remember, it isn't about having having a perfect experience—it's about who are you BEING. Let the creation of the ritual nourish and support you. Remember it is your vibration that is vital to heart centered creative living...
With love from my home to yours,
:: Yogi Tea Recipe ::
Bring 8 cups of water to boil.
Add 15 whole cloves, 20 green cardamon pods crushed or split, 20 black cardamon pods, 3 cinnamon sticks, and 8 slices of fresh ginger. Cover and boil gently for 20-30 minutes. You can add a black tea bag at the end for a few minutes if you like, but if it is near the evening I leave it out. Strain the tea, add milk of your choice—almond, dairy, etc., and honey or maple syrup to sweeten. Enjoy.