As the year comes to a close, I find myself in a reflective place looking back over the past twelve months of challenges, triumphs, questions and answers.
Looking deeper than just the past twelve months, I see someone who didn’t know how to slow down. Someone who kept pushing until exhaustion forced otherwise. I wasn’t in touch with my mind or body and I ran myself ragged.
With practice I learned how to give myself permission to slow down. I’ve learned to listen to what my body needs and make a conscious effort to listen completely. Sometimes I mess up and that’s ok. I just keep trying my best.
Yet something was still missing.
And then I realized it; I wasn’t honoring the seasons.
I’ve always enjoyed the changes of each passing season although I probably did little more than adapt my recreational activities to fit the weather. While I noticed the world around me with a sense of wonder and appreciation, I wasn’t fully immersed in each season and was unable to honor the lessons.
Nature adapts to meet the changes of the season. This is what I was missing.
Instead of fighting the darkness and slowness of winter, I began embracing it. I allowed myself to rest and recharge the way trees and plants do. I slowed down and looked inside, allowing more time to reflect and give space for growth and renewal.
As we wind down this year, I think more about how I can best honor the seasons. How can I be more in tune with the ebb and flow of the world instead of resisting it?
How could I honor the darkness and use it as a time for reflection and growth? How can I find more ways to rest and recharge in the way winter intended me to?
Honor the season.
Let energy fill you and guide you.
Happy New Year!