By Karin Leonard
The long evenings
of winter provide the perfect time to turn inward and probe the depth
of the soul. While nature rests and rain falls, you may feel inspired
to contemplate the bigger picture of your life.
to the Cave
Early humans spent
winters seeking shelter and sharing stories during fire lit nights.
Even in our high-tech times, when computer screens illuminate the nights,
and TVs take the place of storytellers, our bodies and spirits are still
responsive to nature’s rhythms. The tides of this season flow inward,
even though our schedules and responsibilities may say otherwise. How
can you visit the cave of winter and introspection, while attending
to your many roles? Begin by noticing your rhythm during this darker
time of the year: when you feel tired or inward, don’t push through
resistance to exhaustion. Take breaks, naps and stay in for a quiet
evening. Curl up with a good book and light some candles. Adjusting
your biological cadence to the shorter daylight hours can also protect
your health and keep away the flu.
There is wisdom in the wheel
of the year. Rest and reflection allow you to integrate experiences
and lead to learning from results. During the active time of projects,
you are engaged in moving things forward. Times of introspection permit
you to evaluate the path you are on, and open the door to assess the
priorities you have chosen. Review at the end of the year is a chance
to capture the highlights as well as the trials of 2001. Are you making
progress on your dreams, goals and intentions? And is the direction
your life is heading what your soul desires? These are deep questions
to ponder and time well spent. Make sure the ladder of success is leaning
against the places you want to climb, and that at the end of your life,
you had the leading role in the story you wanted to create….
Mystical foggy mornings
invoke internal magic. This is the time to let the soul speak, and to
look for images emerging from within. There is a greater intelligence
within you, which may be silent during busy times. When you become still
and honor the receptive side of your nature, inner treasures can be
found. Allow time for meditation and introspection. Journaling is a
great way to connect with soul and spirit. And when you go to sleep,
set the intention of diving into the depth of your inner mystery. Upon
awakening, with your eyes closed, recall the dreaming gifts of the dark
… as humans have done for thousands of years.
As you listen to the ancient heartbeat of winter, and the stirrings
of your soul, you may just discover a sustainable way of integrating
timeless currents and natural cycles with your full and busy life….