Happy Winter Solstice everyone!
Winter can be a time for going within, for slowing down, and for listening more to our body’s wisdom.
During quieter times, I can see how much habit there is to being busy, especially around the holidays.
When we listen to our body, we are tuning into deep subtle wisdom.
I wish to honor the part of me that longs to slow down.
Recently, I had two illnesses that forced me to stop and slow down.
Obviously, I would prefer to consciously choose a slower pace, rather than be brought to a halt by my health and be too out of sorts to enjoy it.
So at the end of this month, I will be taking time off to sit by the fire, read a book, and write in my journal.
What would it look like to create a sacred space for yourself this season – both inwardly and outwardly? For me, I adorn my home and altar with lush plants, beautiful statues, candles and fresh flowers.
In contrast to the winter season, spring energy naturally increases my desire to create, to plant seeds, and be productive. This can be a more comfortable state for egos.
But how do we honor this season of hibernation?
Can I pause when productivity sneaks up and tries to push me? It’s nice to have a few rainy days on the sofa with a cup of tea, letting go of the part of me that feels I should be “doing something.”
When we slow down, there is often a period of agitation, of squirmy-ness. If we can simply breathe and do some yoga, take a bubble bath, get a massage…those flutters do pass.
I encourage us toward slow meditative walking, journal writing and naps! Creating sacred space somewhere at home can ground us in the intention to be slow.
I look forward to seeing you in 2023, creating and relaxing with community, with love, and with feeling held.
Until then, namaste, and happy winter solstice!