In the northern hemisphere December brings short days and long nights as the path of the sun slips ever-lower in the southern sky.
For nature-based people long ago, this descent into darkness was terrifying, and the return of the sun – what we now call the Winter Solstice – meant the victory of light over darkness, and renewed life.
For us moderns, though we may lament darkness at dinnertime, we can always turn on the lights, turn up the heat, and stream a movie. But along with such on-demand comforts we have lost touch with the cycles of nature, to our own detriment.
As the solstice approaches, it’s a time to reflect on life, to recognize our blessings, to confront what we’d like to change and make that New Year’s resolution, and to appreciate the miracle of being alive on this paradise called Earth.
Read the rest of our blog Turning Inward here.
The Team at the Planet Project
Thank you Monika Chace for donating your beautiful photo, Winter Solstice at Mesa Arch (Utah)!