The winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. The day of longest darkness. We celebrate and honor this day for good reason. It is the turning of the year. What do I do to celebrate this day?

As it is the darkest day I take plenty of time for introspection and reflection. I ponder the year that has gone by and think about goals for the new year. I celebrate my achievements. I dwell for a bit on what’s been. This is the celebration of our turning inward. Being aware of spiritual matters.

This has been a jam packed year for me spiritually speaking. I have accomplished much. I have started a new and exciting path. I have strengthened my footing  on my old path. I have helped others in finding a spiritual outlet for themselves. I have lived a spiritual life.

What does my spiritual life entail?  A lot of work. Every day I do my devotionals. I meditate. I study. I grow small amounts with each passing day. And those small amounts taken over a period of time add up to a life lived in spiritual practice. Whether I’m doing a rune casting for someone or working with an apprentice each day is filled with spiritual activity. It’s the life I choose to lead. It’s the life I truly believe I was meant to live. Everything I’ve experienced in my life has lead me to here. It is a place I have worked for and grown into. It is my now.

So I urge you on this dark day to take time to take stock of your life. Are you happy with where your journey has lead to?  Do you yearn for something else?  Something more?  Think about the steps you’ll take next. Make some decisions about who you are and who you’d like to become. Lay a foundation to build on. It’s time well spent.

So I wish you a Yule full of introspection and discovery. I wish you safe journeys. Most of all I wish you spiritual fulfillment. Happy Yule!

Author: vitkimusings

A fifty-something Vitki living in the suburbs of Chicago. Follower of the Nordic Path for the last fifteen years. Student of runes for the last 23 years and seidr for the last seven years. Always learning and growing!

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