Yesterday was the winter solstice and my plans are postponed. With a move of home, getting settled takes priority.
But I plan my winter reflection and wonder if it is something to interest you too?
I find the solstice a perfect time for reflection. In particular, at winter time, when nature slows down, I see it as a signal to slow down too.
Would you like to reflect on these areas too?
- As the leaves have fallen from the trees what can we let go of? Both possessions and feelings.
- A time to remember loss and to allow ourselves to grieve, both for what we have lost and what never came to fruition.
- To think of our relationships and if we need to let some people know how much we love them and to see if we can make amends with others.
- What new shoots do we want to see in the spring and how can I nurture these now?
I like to light a candle and make sure I’m in nature, so it could be sat under a tree, or it could be by bringing nature into my home – branches, cones etc.
If safe I like to burn things that I want to let go of.
Over the Christmas festive period many of us will go out to walk off the heavy lunch. This could be the time to make it a more considered walk where you notice the change in season, and see what nature can teach you.
I’m going to use this next week for reflection, and how to move forward in both my work and personal life.
For now, let me share a poem from John O’Donohue – Time to be slow
This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.