In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me
there lay an invincible summer.
– ALBERT CAMUS
It’s the beginning of January, and I sit here this evening writing while listening to the continuous sound of saturating falling drops in a week of much-needed rainy days.
The days still shorter, the nights still longer. Cozy evenings by a fire, soups, and lots of reading – all call to us. Whereas 6 months ago we were still out running errands and working and just being busy until the sun set much later in the day.
If we look at life as a metaphor, we can see the symbolism within nature’s timetable. Less time for outer activity, more time for inner reflection. As the season stays colder, nature has slowed down and hibernates, leaves haven fallen from the trees, growth has slowed or stopped, and nature lies fallow to replenish and rejuvenate for Spring and its expansion.
We too could slow down, reflect, review the past accomplishments of the last year, consider what we could evolve and grow into in this coming year, with the renewed capacities born of rest and reflection. We emerge from the holiday season of many spiritual traditions to celebrate the birth of an awakened consciousness. In the dark and quiet seclusion of the deepest winter night, in the quiet seclusion of our deepest reflection, wisdom unfolds, gathering substance as we allow ourselves time to be present to the Silence. Wisdom emerges as inspired and awakened consciousness, lighting the way for our own inner sage to find voice, ready to take form in the New Year, and the coming longer days of Spring.
Peace within emanating to peace without, choosing peace for all who think of us, all who speak of us, and to all whom we contact.
With Renewed Beginnings and a New Year of Soaring Possibility!