Reflections: Seasons, Winter

Season-winter

Still
Within
A breath held longer than you’d think

Dreaming that which cannot yet be named
Waiting for a movement not yet begun
Anticipating new life not yet stirring within

Our depth is unfathomable
Our silence impenetrable
Our ways not reproducible

Even before conception, we carry the unspoken until ready for words
Even before birthing, we surrender to the forces much greater than our small voice
Even before dying, we know the time is complete

Still, within the winter, we know without knowing how we know.

Here are some suggested ways help embody the reflection of this season:

  • One day this winter, enter into the still night without turning on any lights
  • Don’t turn on any music; turn off all the phones, radio, TV, etc.
  • Instead, sit quietly and feel the approach of darkness.
  • As night falls, observe its movements and hear its call.
  • Stay totally quiet and utterly still.
  • Notice how the sounds all around you change.
  • Notice how, deep within the silence, life is unfolding without definition or form or name.
  • Know you are holding indescribable potential within.
  • Name three ways in which you can deepen your inner silence and visit your potential.

 

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Four Seasons

We all know the four seasons and how they affect our life-style: spring, summer, fall and winter. They too have a place on the wheel.

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Spring, which sings to us about the rejuvenation of the water as it flows in the streams and reawakens life out of its winter dream, sits in the South.  Thus, we know that spring teaches us about fluidity. (Ask any allergy post nasal drip survivor about this!)Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 10.19.29 AM

 

Summer sings to us about the fire and its heat, its full out expansion of life’s vibrancy and joy. Therefore, it sits in the East.

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The fall sings with the wind that tosses us about to test our flexibility and willingness to surrender to change as the seeds ride on the wind to their new destination. Fall sits in the North.

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And the winter sings with the earth as it calls us into itself, for a time of introspection and death. Even the movement of sap in the trees begins to slow down. Winter sits in the West.

 

Remember we said there are always a minimum of five places on a wheel. Solstices and Equinoxes sit in the Center. These are the power times for the seasons and act as a catalyst and communicator between the seasonal changes.