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Honour the Season and It Will Honour You

Aisling FitzGibbon

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We are tumbling towards the shortest day of the year culminating in the Winter Solstice on the 21st December on Thursday. As the days shorten there is a sense of drawing inwards as the light diminishes. I have the urge to clear away any energy that’s heavy and restrictive. Emotional baggage that hasn’t been dealt with comes up now to be resolved. If we miss that opportunity and suppress how we feel, we go into the New Year encumbered with the debris of the old and prone to the January blues.

The energy of the Solstice provides a wonderful opportunity to cleanse and purify on all levels. The Celtic druids were very much aware of this and underwent ritualistic cleansing in sweat lodges. The Winter Solstice was a time of renewed hope and change and they used this opportunity to rid themselves of what they no longer needed for the coming year.  

I don’t know about you but I feel a deep urge to clear my personal space of anything that no longer serves me but it might serve someone else. The car is loaded with stuff for the charity store and the recycling centre and it gives me such a sense of lightness of being. Along with clearing on the outside I am also lightening my diet for cleansing on the inside and adding in my much loved detox methods; Epsom Salts baths, bentonite clay face mask and infrared saunas.

The Solstice is the time to take stock of what we have and what we want to get rid of. We are creating space for the new to emerge in our lives.

How you can benefit from the Winter Solstice

· Create space for the new to emerge in your life. Declutter your personal space. It feels so good to feel lighter.

· Celebrate your victories and achievements of the year. Celebration is a Goddess principal that imbues your life with magic and meaning.

· Acknowledge the things that didn’t work so you can refine your approach. Appreciate the insights gained. Write a letter to the future self you wish to embody for the coming year based on wisdom gained this year. 

· Replenish your energy. Rest, eat nourishing foods and drink plenty of hydrating fluids that make you feel taken care of.

· Nostalgia pulls us into the energy of the past. Let it go. Remember that feelings of melancholia arise when we anchor our happiness onto expectations of past experience. Focus on the present moment. 

· Foster what is real and natural. Light beeswax candles and connect with the light. 

· Spend time with people you love and who love you. Open your heart to the love that is always available. 

Stories passed down over the centuries give us a snap shot of Celtic rituals performed. The druids would bring a live tree indoors at the Solstice for wood spirits to have a warm place during the cold winter months. Afterwards the tree would be replanted.  I was not aware that this was a Celtic tradition but for the past few years we have brought a growing tree into the house to be replanted in the spring. It smells divine and so real. I feel anchored into my soul when I connect with what is real. 

Enjoy your festive season. Be safe. Be well. Be happy and most importantly Be yourself.

Love, Aisling xo 

My Christmas book list

Aisling FitzGibbon

I love to sink into a good book and rummage in someone else’s imagination for a change. Have you, like me, ever found yourself being led to the right book at the right time when you're ready to hear its message? And then you have those wonderful ah ha moments when your thoughts and those of the authors' collide?  

This Christmas I plan to reread some of my favourites and also invest in some new ones. There is nothing better than the rain beating down outside, flames dancing and darting in the stove and dipping into words that have the power to change us by simply changing our perception.    

My recommended list for Christmas will include authors I am already familiar with and already love and some newbies. Choices. Choices.

I’ll begin with Gabrielle Bernstein who is a personal favourite of mine and a master at crafting her message. I already have her book Miracles Now that is written in her terrific Spirit Junkie style and is brimming with practical techniques to help combat common problems such as addiction, anxiety and fear. This is a great pick up put down book for quick stress relieving strategies.

I plan on buying her latest book The Universe Has Your Back. In this book Gabby shares how she maintains how she feels regardless of what's going on in her life. This is a book that illustrates how by changing our mindset we can transform negative life situations into life lessons. I love Gabrielle's practical and down to earth manner and I look forward to delving into another Spirit Junkie treasure.

I almost cannot wait to order Rise Sister Rise by the Hay House author Rebecca Campbell who really impressed me at the Hay House conference in London last year. Anyone who wants to learn how to unleash their feminine power to tell their truth and lead then this is the book for you.  

Another favourite author of mine is Christine Northrup. I read her book Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom which provides a cornucopia of knowledge on women's health and sexuality. This is a must read for anyone planning a natural home birth and who wants to sail through the menopause. This year I will treat myself to one of her latest books Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life

Brene Brown is an author who has discovered the inherent power in vulnerability and its necessity for wholehearted living. Brene's book Daring Greatly shows us how feelings of never being enough can graduate into shame and fear. By embracing our vulnerable nature and expressing gratitude we can combat these feelings and live more fulfilling lives. This book offers tools to help deepen our love partnerships

My gold star for this year's book is A Mind of Your Own by Psychiatrist Kelly Brogan. This book has revolutionised the treatment of mental health conditions and is paving the way for a paradigm shift away from drug based treatment. This is a book that will change how you perceive mental health forever. I absolutely love it. 

Seeing as I am making Christmas dinner this year I plan to enlist the help of Danielle Walker and her amazing book Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well and Feel Great .This is one of the best paleo books on the market and is loaded with delicious, innovative and easy to follow recipes.

A few years ago I started reading a book while in the bath and was so drawn into the story that I became oblivious to the water that had gotten cold. The book was Mutant Message Down Under by author Marlo Morgan. This is a story about the author who goes on a journey with a nomadic group of Aborigines for 4 months in the desert in the Australian outback. This is a book that challenges our western values of competition and greed and opens us to the spiritual nature of indigenous people.

Although the book Many Lives, Many Masters has been on my bookshelf for years I never read it.  So this Christmas I plan to read a book that promises an insight into the concept of reincarnation. The story is centered on psychiatrist Dr. Weiss whose conventional treatment of a 27-year-old woman for anxiety, depression and phobias has failed. Past life memories would be the key to her recovery. Sounds intriguing.

Christmas would not be Christmas without a good book to read. So treat yourself.