Light in the Darkness: Solstice

The year has slipped through the solstice in a flurry of darkness and wild winds here in Scotland. Last night the wind tugged and pulled at the corners and edges of the house, squeezing through gaps in windows and singing forelorn songs down the chimneys. This morning there is silence and stillness, time to catch my breath, and perfect timing to bring some peace and focus to what has been a very busy and unsettled time. Sitting sipping warm tea, watching the darness of the long night melt softly into the pale blue of a winter dawn, with the soft notes of the dawn chorus singing in my ears feels just perfect.

It has been unseasonably warm, with no sign of snow down here in the lowlands, although the mountains have atleast seen a sprinkle of the white stuff. Despite all the decorations, traditions and busy cheerfulness of the season, it’s only this morning, sitting in the stillness and the darkness that I feel connected again to the year, the seasons and the turning earth. I have finally landed in midwinter, very slightly late, but finally contemplating the passage of the year. To find that tiny point of light and stillness, to find my centre, this is the best gift for me in the dark time of the year. 

Wishing you all a wonderful winter holiday, however you chose to celebrate.

  (The first images was taken last year, when there was a more seasonal swirl of snow and ice in the air!)

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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41 Responses to Light in the Darkness: Solstice

  1. always good to be on this side of the solstice. My body feels heavy and lacks energy, totally in tune with the long, dark hours of winter. But – spring is coming (sooner or later) 🙂

  2. Solstice makes these dark months more bearable. It is so good to know the light is returning. May it guide you into a new year, blessed with love and friendship, filled with warmth. And a bit of snow.

  3. Happy Holidays. Your post had odd undercurrents of some stress or change that happened. I hope the New Year brings contentment and joy! XOXO

  4. LB says:

    No snow here, either. In fact as I write, the door is open to the 75 degree weather.
    Your words, as always, are so lovely, and I always find some that I want to copy and paste and read again.
    “Sitting sipping warm tea, watching the darness of the long night melt softly into the pale blue of a winter dawn, with the soft notes of the dawn chorus singing in my ears feels just perfect”.
    Sending thoughts for happiness, health, and peace in the coming year.

  5. icelandpenny says:

    I’m glad you are settled again, feel again connected to the universe. It is a good way to enter the new year.

  6. Happy Solstice Seonaid. I am sorry I am late with this wish for you. Here’s to a good year, full of good things. D + J

  7. Leya says:

    So, I will try again, sending you and yours Happy Holidays! My comment flew away in the swirling cyber wind…I’m glad you found your point of stillness and contemplation. That is what se all need.

    • It flew in the swirling cyber wind, and then arrived unscathed, so I’m lucky to get the treat of double Happy Holidays from you my delightful friend💕The wind has indeed been full of mischief, but for today atleast we have a little gap in the storms, and the sun visited😆💕Happy Holidays to your whole lovely family xx

  8. Leya says:

    We wish Happy Holidays for you and yours, from us in Swedenwithoutsnow! I’m glad you found your point of stillness and contemplating – that is what we all need.

  9. poppytump says:

    Wishing you the best of Christmases Seonaid . I hope you’ll find plenty of ‘connective’ times over the holidays . I’m sure there’ll be a few lung bursting walks chasing round after the dogs along the beach somewhere over the next couple of weeks . Here’s to the wind in your tail 🙂

    • Thanks Poppy, the walks so far have either been ridiculously wet, or wild and windy or both! Today for the first time in what feels like weeks it was still and sunny, and a little cold! The tails were wagging through the crow filled trees….post to follow shortly😆

  10. Happy Christmas to you too Seonaid! It is a very strange and warm winter. I long for snow, ice and crisp bright days when my breath mists in front of my face. It’s hard to feel seasonal when I don’t even need to put on a coat to go outside! Mindfulness is such a precious resource that we can all tap into in a moment of peace and quiet. I need a few of those too I think! Best wishes for 2016 🙂

    • Sarah, it’s so true, the lack of cold and ice, never mind snow, makes it hard to believe we’ve already passed the solstice and are heading back into the light! I’m hoping for a more creative less stress filled year in 2016, but who knows😳I guess we just have to take what comes💕looking forward to another year of your lovely images xx

      • Yes, I just try to make the most of good days 🙂 Really feeling for everyone in the north of England this year! The flooding looks appalling 😦 Pictures from York were quite a shock! Climate change is very apparent at the moment.

  11. Wishing you and yours a wonderful and warm Christmas! 😀

  12. Angie says:

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Seonaid!

  13. gwynnrogers says:

    Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! This year’s weather has been unusual as we have received windstorm after windstorm. Plus, our mountains and the eastern side of our state are packed with snow. My daughter and family won’t be able to join us because of the snow around her home… however, they are having fun playing in it.

    Your pictures and words are as beautiful as always. Thank you… and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • Gwynn, wishing you a wonderful joy filled Christmas too. Sorry you won’t see your daughter, Mother Nature sometimes has other id as to our plans! I always live to read you generous comments xx

  14. LightWriters says:

    Happy and bright Christmas & New Year, Seonid. Thank you for your always amazing creative inspirations of Scotland (my heart’s ‘home’) 🙂

  15. Maverick ~ says:

    Best wishes Seonaid.

  16. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Wishing you s peaceful happy season dear Seonaid 🎄

  17. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    lovely lead up to the festivities with your light in the dak – Happy Christmas to you!

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