As I rest my bones on our couch at the clinic, listening to David Ison's The Musical Body (I highly recommend this sound healing album), I find myself drifting off in meditation gazing at a group of trees out our window. The setting sun casts a glow on their graceful bends as the branches reach in exultation toward the sky. Their expression convinces me they, too, are dancers. The beauty of this community of trees across the creek strikes me, how they gently command presence as one. As I drift, my mind slows, my inner world begins to still, and I fill up with each breath. Ever since I was a child, the act of gazing contemplatively out the window at nature has been an innate meditation, though I didn't realize that's what I was doing until recent years. I am grateful for these moments, for they bring me into the present, noticing the details of the trees, and also the details of what is going on within me. Often, I receive clarity during this stillness, as well as greater resolve, and refreshment.
Winter is a time that naturally draws us into a state of stillness and reflection. Just as the outside world becomes buried, insulated, barren, and dark, there is a call to draw our eyes within, allow the roots from ideas we have planted to seep into our consciousness, and save and replenish our reserves of energy for the time that will be most effective to use them. For many of us, this season is a time we feel called to "hibernate", to sleep and dream a little more. This is an instinctive thing. For the great exhale of energy we expend during the warmer months, we need a deep and nourishing inhale, otherwise we become breathless. Find ways to inhale this winter. Feed your soul. Allow yourself to become still, quiet, to let your screen go blank. Gaze out the window, absorb yourself in the aroma and swirls of a soup being stirred, see if you can hear the earth breathing while walking in the woods. Honor your innate way of meditating. There are many ways to go within. Create the space for yourself to do so often, and for as long as it takes. You deserve it. And, enjoy.
Many blessings on your inner travels, and Happy Solstice and Holidays to those of you celebrating this time of year.
Reiki Master Teacher and Owner of Embrace Your Essence