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“Solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still” because it appeared as though the sun and moon had stopped moving across the sky. This
longest night of the year, followed by a renewal of the sun, demonstrates the cyclical order of the cosmos. In this way, celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful remembrance that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing, always renewing.
If we look around us we can see that the rest of nature has quieted down, slowed down, or at least taken its activity underground into its roots or burrows. Since we are a part of nature, So this is the gift of the season: a pause to appreciate and to nurture our roots, our connections that support us so well all year long.
A couple of suggestions for rituals for the winter solstice
- Make a Christmas wreath which is an ancient tradition made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle.
- Light a candle on the solstice and shine the light and reflect and meditate on your teachings and wisdom from the year gone by.
- Cleanse your home with some sage or bells.
- Cleanse your own energy field with some sage, rose water, or a nice cleansing salt bath
- Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, to acknowledge
- the gifts of abundance from Mother eart
Feng Shui is all about having the most supportive, inspiring and healthiest home. One of the first steps to achieving these Feng Shui goals is to give your home a really good cleaning. But because Feng Shui also means living in harmony with the earth, your cleaning should use natural organic products that honor and nurture that relationship.
Using natural home cleaning products supports the sense of smell. Many cleaning products include natural essential oils, and thus will make your home smell nice by offering an “aromatherapy” effect. Lavender is a natural disinfectant. Imagine getting your home clean while enjoying that beautiful relaxing aroma. You can even add a few drops to your clothes before they go into the dryer or a few drops in the vacuum.
Lemon is another magical essential oil. You can use a few drops on stains on your clothes, or add a few drops to a gallon of water when mopping your white tile floors.
Tea tree essential oil offers antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It works especially well to get rid of mildew and mold around the house.
By contrast, bleach and other chemicals in non-natural cleaning products can create smells and even toxic odors that are unbearable.
Simple Ingredients needed for making your own cleaning products include:
- Baking soda
- Citrus seed extract: Usually made from grapefruit seed, this natural preservative is a powerful antimicrobial agent. It is often sold as grapefruit seed extract
- Essential oils: lavender, sweet orange; bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree; thyme; lemon or lemongrass; and peppermint or citronella
- Cider Vinegar
And here are some great recipes for making your own natural cleaning products:
All purpose cleaner
9 parts water to 1 part white vinegar
For the Bathroo
10 drops of tea tree oil and three cups of white vinegar. Add to your toilet bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.
Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar for a shower or bathtub cleaner. leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Mix two cups water, 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar, and 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil.
Tile Grout Cleaner
Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit; and then scrub.
Use sea salt with a little lemon juice or essential oil and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste.
If you decide to purchase natural cleaning products instead of making them at home, there are just a couple of qualities to look out for:
- Fragrance free
- Reduced and recyclable packaging
- No VOCs
- Pesticide Free
Feng Shui principals are becoming so widespread, you can get some great natural brands at the local health food store. Noweven grocery stores carry them.
If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
– Confucian tradition
In a home where one person can be patient and forgiving, even if the rest of the family does not see eye to eye with him or her, they will share in a spiritual bonus. All of us benefit by living with someone who does not live for himself or herself.
It is misleading to think that people who meditate are seeking only their own illumination. They are contributing to the removal of selfishness and separateness in the world.
from blue world meditation center