You are invited to do less. To sit in silence. To stay home. To slow down. You are invited to connect. To your Self. To your values. To your intuition.
During the dark part of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere), nature invites you to descend into the darkness, to remove external distractions and to reflect on your soul’s work. This time of year is ripe for revelations and discoveries. Pay attention to your dreams. Listen to your inner voice. Notice what is showing up for you.
Maureen Murdock in her outstanding book, The Heroine’s Journey, speaks about the descent into darkness as a necessary and vital process for women to reclaim the lost parts of themselves. In a larger context, the work of reclaiming lost parts also happens when communities let go of the shackles of oppression and welcome diversity of people, ideas, and beliefs.
Letting go of what is oppressive requires self-reflection. Yes, some oppressive situations are obvious, but most are not. Quite often we make excuses for what is not working because we don’t want to rock the boat or we feel sorry for someone or we are afraid of what will come. The urge to ignore, justify or suppress what we know to be true is called denial and requires a great deal of our energy: energy that could be used to heal, to serve and to enjoy both self and others.
If your intention is to create a life which reflects your values and your dreams as well as brings you joy, then make time to reflect on what is happening within you and around you. Notice what feels good, what makes you curious, and what no longer serves you. Take stock. Ignore “oughts” and “shoulds” and instead pay attention to thoughts that begin with “I wish for…” or “I enjoy…”
Change begins at home. If you want to live in a different world, then you have to create the change within yourself first. There are no shortcuts. Let go of the idea that to be busy is to be productive. Some of my “busiest” moments look very still and quiet on the outside.
Now is the time to do your internal work. Colder temperatures, rainy days, less light: this weather is Mother Nature’s invitation to connect with the depths of your being and find the buried treasure within.
May you find what you seek.
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