Winter Solstice: “Occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter or the first day of winter to refer to the day on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day, and longest night, and the sun’s daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. The 2010 winter solstice (summer solstice in the southern hemisphere) will occur on December 21, at 23:38 UTC.”
That’s today! Tonight actually. Happy Winter Solstice!! From here on out, the days will gradually begin to get longer. It’s a time for celebration in many cultures because it signifies rebirth and regeneration. A fresh start as we shift to new and longer days. If today signifies a “rebirth”, what would you like to do differently or possibly start doing? Whatever your answer-chose one thing and make it your focus today. Jot it down and revisit the reminder throughout the day. Let’s not wait until Jan 1st for our “fresh start”. Each and everyday is a chance to modify our behaviors to become even more in-line with our priorities. See you at the meetings!