A Winter Solstice Celebration — Better Humans-style
Three Weekend Reads to Celebrate a Time of Light in the Darkness
In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the shortest day of the year; the longest night.
Traditionally, a time of candlelight and reflection; a time to balance joyful parties with quiet moments of gratitude. Time to consider the year that has passed, the season at hand, and the year to come.
Here are three weekend reads to inspire your winter solstice. In one, you’ll learn about “hygge” — a Danish concept for well-being that lends itself especially well to this time of year. In the second, learn a specific framework for doing reviews with our excerpt of the best-selling book, The Bullet Journal Method. And in the third, try a poetic form of meditation, interpreted beautifully by a surprising author.
Enjoy. And Happy Holidays!
The Danish have figured out happiness
Denmark does a fantastic job of reducing many of life’s stresses for its inhabitants. But that doesn’t necessarily separate Denmark from other Nordic countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, the residents of which all enjoy a similar quality of life.
The secret ingredient for the Danes’ happiness is their obsession with “hygge.” Read more.
This book excerpt from “The Bullet Journal Method” is a step-by-step guide to reflection as a process of regular reviews to keep yourself on track with your goals.
The search for meaning often begins later than it needs to. Because it seems like such a monumental or esoteric undertaking, we tend to avoid this form of inquiry until it’s forced on us by some shade of crisis or circumstance. Exploring our why from these dim places leaves us at a disadvantage. Our ability to see and think clearly is shrouded by our suffering. Soul- searching doesn’t need to be confined to the dark seasons of our lives. It can be a gentle part of our everyday. It all begins with becoming mindful of how we’re investing our time and energy — the things our Bullet Journal is faithfully recording for our reference. Read more.
A complete modern tutorial for the ancient meditation technique, “The Secret Of The Golden Flower, A Chinese Book Of Life”
I first came upon the meditation technique known as The Secret of the Golden Flower in my research of Carl Jung and his theories on alchemy. Jung wrote the initial commentary to the German translation published in 1931. The translation was dense, and the commentary was theoretical. I set about trying to put its terms into a methodology I personally could try and practice. Read more.