Today is Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. Or as it is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine, The day of upmost yin. (I like to refer to it as the Yin-iest day of the year) In TCM Yin represents darkness, winter, cool weather, death or transformation, rest, the solid material aspects of our being, and the divine feminine energies. As uncomfortable as this darkness my feel, there is a loving, nurturing quality to Yin. It calls us to go within, to recognize, nurture and heal that which is dark within ourselves. It encourages us to embrace these parts, hold them, and rest easy with them. Yin is soft, fluid, and gentle. Rather than forcing and fighting she softens resistance and goes with the flow. On this Winter solstice, take time to rest, to be held and to heal. Rest your body, Rest your mind, Rest your soul, and surrender to the Yin within.