Reflections: Seasons

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Life moves through four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.  Life itself and all living things on this planet move through these four seasons.
Ecclesiastes 3, verses 1-8, read in this way:

“For everything its season, and for every activity under heaven its time:
A time to be born and a time to die
A time to plant and a time to uproot
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to pull down and a time to build up
A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time for mourning and a time for dancing
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing
A time to seek and a time to lose
A time to keep and a time to throw away
A time to tear and a time to mend
A time for silence and a time for speech
A time to love and a time to hate
A time for war and a time for peace.”

There is a season.

You are invited to journey into the mirror of seasons.  Engage, reflect, and find your own connection to each season.

It does not matter what time of year it is – these reflections can take you into yourself as a season.  It does not matter what stage you are in your life, each season has an invitation for you.

Each stands alone.  Each invites you to journey into the mirror of self-reflection to deepen your self-acceptance and encourage your self-expression.

 

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Journeys into the Mirror: A Journal for Women written by Janneke Koole, Illustrated by Mukee Okan, you can find it at DTMMS.

7 Arrows – Light Arrow of Self-Acceptance

stamp-1966698_1280Remember, picking up the light arrows build on each other.  We cannot pick up the second arrow without picking up the first one.  And by the time we pick up the seventh Light arrow, we have picked up the other six before it.

The 3rd Light Arrow, which builds on having self-awareness and self-appreciation, is Self-Acceptance.  Choosing Self-Acceptance opens the door for our self-esteem to grow.  It allows us to ask ourselves at any moment or in any situation whether we did or are doing the best we can do based on what we knew/know.

Remember the 3rd dark arrow is judgements.  Often times we look backwards in time and judge our behavior or performance based on what we now know.   Or we judge and put others down so we can feel better.

Knowing deep within yourself that you have done the best you could, given what you knew at the time, provides a moment to take a deep breath, silence the internal pretender voices, and break the pattern of judging self, life, and others.