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Using the Energy of Winter

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Winter tends to get a bad rap! Everyone is always into Spring and Summer with buds bursting open, greenery everywhere, and a feeling a newness. Winter just doesn’t have those energies.

I know that Winter has truly set in when it gets dark so early. Suddenly I feel sluggish and unmotivated and my sharp mind seems to go fuzzy. All of this is more difficult because the calendar says “January” and that means a New Year with the feeling that we ought to get moving.

I look to Nature as a guide and I find that one way of being in alignment is to be in harmony with Her energy. Take a look at many of the animals who either go into hibernation or who experience reduced metabolic activity. Notice the trees and the plants—they too slow down or stop during this time of Winter.

All of this is great, but the rub is that our culture has this “always on” mentality. This translates in a belief that we should be doing and doing—blogging consistently, getting up at 6:15 a.m. like we do in the Summer even if that means getting up in the pitch black and cold, keeping up with trends in the industry, being on top with our reading in order to stay informed and be on top of our game. Doing, doing, doing.

Yet, that’s not what the energy of Winter is about. The energy of winter is about slowing down, reviewing the growth of the past year, pondering and considering, feeling around in the dark, toying with solutions even though we have no idea if they will work or not. Winter is about retreating, going within, and allowing the potential of new growth to integrate in our system.

Just for today, what would it be like for you to affirm and embrace the energy of Winter?

I’ve been noticing that when I go with “what is” I drop what is unimportant and inconsequential. Suddenly I begin to remember what really matters and to connect to it. This work takes times, presence, and quiet. This is the gift of Winter. I urge you to give yourself permission to have it.

Let me know how being with “what is” makes a change for you in your life. I’d love to hear from you.


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