Happy Winter Solstice!! On this day the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn marking the beginning of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere and initiating a new turn of the wheel.
We are celebrating the Winter Solstice today at Shakti in the Mountains by hosting activities (4 to 6 pm), a potluck dinner (6 to 7 pm), and a bonfire (7 to 8 pm). Our celebration is for all ages and genders. Please come for all or some of the celebration. The Winter Solstice Celebration will be our last event for 2022. Shakti will re-open on January 3.
The Winter Solstice is a wonderful time to get still and to review our past year. I use the time between Winter Solstice and the first Full Moon (January 6) to notice the themes and patterns I experienced over the past year. As I gather this information, I pay attention to how I feel. Specifically, I am interested in:
- What did I do last year that energized me?
- What did I do last year that depleted me?
- What did I wish to do but did not?
- What barriers, both physical and mental, prevented me from doing something?
If you decide to answer the above questions, then I recommend you take your time. I tend to answer these questions over several sessions of introspection, and even refer to my calendar to jog my memory.
Once I feel complete with the year-in-review practice, I sit with the question: What am I ready to release? The answer to this question always feels like a piece of the puzzle falling into place: a huge confirmation that realigns me with my life’s purpose.
The answer often requires me to say “no” to people and activities to which I previously said “yes.” (Not my favorite thing to do.) And sometimes the answer invites a grief which must be felt and healed. Regardless of the response, the answer always helps me create space for that which is to come.
I invite you to participate in this year-in-review practice, so you may prepare for the next step: visioning. Visioning is a time to listen to your inner wise voice and to set intentions for the coming year.
There are multiple ways to practice visioning, and ultimately, the best way is the one to which you feel most connected. If you would like to receive support as well as to have companionship, then please consider joining me on the morning of January 7 for a Visioning Workshop.
During the Visioning Workshop, you will receive:
- a guided meditation and journal prompts designed to set intentions for the new year
- information about upcoming astrological events and how their corresponding energies impact you specifically
- practices to support your new year intentions
If you want to attend the Visioning Workshop on January 7, then please register no later than January 6.
The Visioning Workshop is the first workshop on the Shakti Winter Schedule. The wonderful Carolyn has created a Winter Calendar which highlights some, but not all, of the upcoming events. Feel free to download the calendar and to share it with friends.
I wish each one of you a peaceful and restorative holiday. May you advocate for yourself and your loved ones a time-out-of-time as we transition into a new season.
Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.
Since 2010, Kim continues to build and to support a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.
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