Last night was the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year. For those of us who do not live at the equator, the fluctuations of daylight and nightime have a profound effect on the rhythms of our bodies, though those shifts are mostly lost on modern lifestyles.

At Energy Matters, we honor the natural cycles by closing the last week of the year, returning in early January renewed and ready to continue helping you on your path of health and wellness.

Please note:

  • Acupuncture Clinic closed: 12/23-1/1
  • No Qigong Classes: 12/22-1/4

Until then, a poem for the Winter Solstice.

Kirstin Lindquist, L.Ac.

Winter’s Cloak
By Joyce Rupp

This year I do not want
the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap
of silent stillness,
its cloak
of long lasting embrace.
Too much light
has pulled me away
from the chamber
of gestation.
Let the dawns
come late,
let the sunsets
arrive early,
let the evenings
extend themselves
while I lean into
the abyss of my being.
Let me lie in the cave
of my soul,
for too much light
blinds me,
steals the source
of revelation.
Let me seek solace
in the empty places
of winter’s passage,
those vast dark nights
that never fail to shelter me.

Photo Credit:  “Happy Solstice!” by PROClarice Barbato-Dunn –

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