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3 Easy Meditations for The First Day of Winter — Amanda Linette Meder

Winter Solstice Traditions

The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, is approaching and it means the North Pole is farthest from the sun. With shorter days, we give ourselves earlier bedtimes and permission to pause.

With the darkness it brings, winter solstice provides more time for rest and stillness. 

Traditional winter solstice rituals have marked human history for centuries, and celebrations have abounded. You can celebrate it however you choose. 

With the spirit of pausing and rest in mind, I wanted to share three easy meditations you can do to add a bit of stillness to your day, permission to pause and celebrate the new season upon us – winter.

Meditation is a mental wellness exercise. Once you learn a technique you like, you do not need anything to meditate besides your body and mind, making it an extremely easy exercise to do in the cozy comfort of your winter grotto.

Here are a few benefits of meditation

  • You may feel more relaxed

  • It’s an act of self love, as you give yourself a moment to pause

  • Your mind may feel more spacious and expanded

  • It’s short a break from the rush of it all

  • You may feel recharged or carry a greater sense of composure when complete

  • You may observe you have more patience after you open your eyes

It is a practice where you are adding stillness to the mind and which trickles down to the rest of the body, so to begin meditating, get into a place where you feel still. 

You cannot operate machinery when you meditate, as you need both your body and mind present with you to focus as you meditate.

How to meditate for beginners

The goal of meditation is to calm and center the mind. To calm and center the mind, first calm and center the body, by finding a quiet, comfortable sitting, standing or lying down position where you can be still for at least 5 minutes.

Make sure your legs and hips are comfortably placed where you can be without having to reposition them again. I like to sit in an office chair with my feet flat on the ground and my hands resting on my lap face up. 

Meditations can be performed for days, but the average time I recommend when starting to spend time on meditating is 5-20 minutes a day, working your way up to an hour, then eventually hour(s) and if you want to do days, I can’t, and I won’t stop you. 

You need about 5 minute to complete the meditations below, so factor this in, when choosing the area in which you will be still.

Once you find your spot, inhale and exhale and lets’ begin.

3 Easy Meditations to Celebrate the First Day of Winter