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A candle gazing ritual for Winter Solstice

December 21, 2017

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A candle gazing ritual for Winter Solstice

December 21, 2017


  1. Find a spot where you feel comfortable sitting, light a candle, and turn off the lights.

  2. For a few moments, simply direct your gaze at the flame. Looking at this one singular point can help quiet your mind so you can focus your attention inward. Take deep breaths as you watch the way the flame dances with time.

  3. Then, with your eyes still on the flame, start to think about the last few weeks and months. Play through the highs and lows of 2017 in your mind, without judging or assigning meaning to any of the memories that come up. Continue until you feel like you've run through enough of the year to move on.

  4. Slowly direct your gaze off the candle, and look in the mirror. Consider the less savory memories of the year—your regrets, mistakes, and missed opportunities—and whisper, "I forgive the dark and move into the light" to yourself, repeating the mantra to yourself a few times. Look back at the candle as a symbol of the bright new opportunities that will come your way, journaling on a few if you feel called.

  5. Conclude the ritual by looking up the time of tomorrow's sunrise and wake with the sun if you can, using the first few moments of the day to move your body, get outside, or do anything else that makes you feel happy and hopeful.











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