To be perfectly honest, I sometimes feel rather down as the darkness descends at this time of year in the northern hemisphere. I so love the sunshine and outdoors and light. And I especially love warmth. I often begin to feel closed in, and even lonely at this time of year.
While all the hustle and bustle goes on around me, my insides are yearning for something more. Something connecting and nourishing. And quiet. Perhaps our children feel the same way.
The spiral walk is a beautiful ritual for just this feeling and this time of year. Rituals mark the end of one phase of time and the beginning of a new one. With careful preparation and intentions, we can renew our spirits through ritual.
If you don’t know where to begin in creating such a ritual, my guidebook, Celebrating the Seasons: Winter, gives you everything you need to create a winter ritual, including step-by-step instructions for a spiral walk.
My favorite way to do a spiral walk is to set one up outdoors. Then gather family and friends for a potluck, share a story and good food, maybe a craft, and rehearse some songs that can be sung outside.
Whether for advent, solstice or New Year’s, I encourage you to create a spiral walk for your family this year. I assure you that the experience will bring light into the darkness.
Celebrating the Seasons: Winter is full of songs, verses, story and craft ideas.
This guidebook is newly-revised to include instructions for how to make a simple shadow puppet theater, great for storytelling by the fireplace. Verses and crafts for celebrating Candlemas in early February are also included.
How do you celebrate the darkness and renew yourself?