It is only natural for human beings to keep in tune with the natural rhythms of the earth. Doing so helps us stay connected to the spirit that moves through all things. Here are some simple ways to celebrate the solstice and welcome winter.

Build a fire. Enjoy a cozy fire in your fireplace or brave the outdoors and build a bonfire. If you aren’t able to do either of these, light candles around your home.

Have a feast. Prepare seasonal foods such as squash, cabbage, root vegetables, collard greens or citrus fruits. Enjoy spiced dishes or hot soups and stews to warm you up.

Spend time with others. Invite friends or family to spend time by the fire or to share your feast.

Spend time alone. Winter is a great for hibernation and solitude. It’s good for the soul to be still and focused on self sometimes.

Get outside. It can be tempting to stay inside where it’s warm but spending time in nature is soothing to the soul. Take a hike, play in the snow, go sledding, go ice skating, sit outside with a hot beverage.

Engage your imagination. Escape to an alternate realm. Read, watch a cool movie, make art, write, role play.

Be quiet. Turn off all sound—TV, music, phone, etc. Stop talking. Spend at least a short while enjoying silence.

Adina Arden Cooper

I'm a healer, a guide, a supportive companion. A storyteller, an artist, an ally and an advocate. I help individuals thrive and communities come together through counseling, coaching, and community building. I believe that shared humanity is a powerful strength and that our stories connect us in beautiful and sacred ways. As I stumble, skip, or soar my way through this life, I invite you to join me on the journey. Likewise, I'm honored to travel with you. In witnessing one another, we find meaning.