Sunday, December 21st is the solstice. Winter solstice – or longest night of the year – in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer Solstice – or longest day of the year – in the Southern Hemisphere.
The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning “the sun stands still.” That’s because on this day in December, the sun reaches its southern-most position as seen from the Earth. It seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses its direction.
Since I live in the northern hemisphere, I will be celebrating by attending a candlelight meditation, gong and yoga nidra session. It will help me go inward to find the light within the darkness. If you don’t already have plans, perhaps you could light some candles and do a yoga nidra practice.
Here are a couple of songs from my dear friend Amy Steinberg for your candle lighting:
And for your yoga nidra practice, I recommend “iRest at Ease” by Richard Miller.
(You can find it on iTunes)
Festive Kale Salad
I made this for lunch yesterday and realized that it was the perfect dish for the holidays. Don’t you think it looks festive?
• 1 large bunch of Kale (washed, stems removed, and chopped)
• ¼ cup orange juice
• ¼ cup rice wine vinegar (not seasoned)
• 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon Tamari or low sodium soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon honey
• ½ cup toasted almond slivers
• ¼ cup dried cranberries
• 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, minced (optional)
Mix the wet ingredients together and pour them over the kale in a large bowl. Then massage the heck out of the kale to break it down. Then add the almonds, cranberries and ginger and massage some more. (The secret to tender kale is to really work it with your hands. This is not a time to be gentle!)
Blessings of light and joy,
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