I’m going to ask you to try something.
Take a moment and stare into the flickering flames of the fire or a candle, let the light flicker and play – watch as it dances in an endless rhythm of light.
Take a walk in the day, watch the frost on the dormant twigs, see how it shines in the sunlight, watch the lustre glistering in the moonlight.
Embrace the rapture of quiet, calm, reflective, winter.
Now, having done these things, reflect on how you feel.
Winter is the time of reflection. See the water frozen over, providing the perfect natural opportunity to witness yourself, as you truly are, no ripples to distort or interrupt, everything still, everything calm, including us.
Much of nature is in hibernation now; cosied up beneath a blanket of thick frost and frozen ground. Icy paths present us with an opportunity to glide, fleet footed, quietly dancing with the beauty of this quiet, frozen time.
Remember you are part of the natural world, the seasons of the natural year echo and vibrate through you, calling us to rest, to reflect and to venture within.
Winter is the dream time, a time of short, short days and long, dark nights. A time to hibernate and let the dreaming body venture away, exploring ideas without commitment, embracing the freedom to browse your future possibilities, with no intention to buy; not yet.
How often do you make your New Year resolutions on the stroke of midnight? Racing to get them fixed before the final chime has rung? Ready to fling yourself, all guns blazing into a brand new year, a brand new you.
What of the ‘old’ you?
What of the wise you who learned so much during the previous year (and all the years before that) what of them?
Winter is the time to sit with yourself, to scrutinise and reflect, to ask yourself some intimate questions and allow yourself to hear the answers.
Winter is a time of gathering.
Gathering knowledge, insights, dreams, ideas and wisdom.
Gathering your self, assembling the pieces that make you and allowing them to gently combine into the person you will share with the world this year.
Like searching through a long forgotten chest to see what treasures are hidden there, before deciding the fate of the container, let us first explore what precious gifts it holds.
Winter is the season to explore the self, deeply and courageously.
It is the time to make peace with your fears, your insecurities, your frustrations and your creativity.
It is the time to journey inward and connect with your inner direction, embrace your confidence, and courageously balance your cautious, careless, reckless aspects, taking ownership of all that IS you and creating resolution, within yourself, to carry you through the year ahead.
If 2020 has taught us anything it is that it’s not plans and actions that see us through, it is courage. Courage in the face of uncertainty.
Use this time to embrace your courageous self, sit with it, raise a glass to it, thank it, seek knowledge from it, above all, allow the courageous part of you to rest, for, after the year we have experienced, it is likely that your courage is depleted and Winter is the time that we replenish out depleted reserves, filling them until they are full.
Rest and reflection are the tools that enable this.
Allow yourself to play with ideas and dreams, who would you like to be this year? Think of it as a game of dress-up. Try on different ideas of you for size, prepare to mix and match until the person you wish to be emerges, finally, just in time for Spring.
Come Spring you will have the energy, the confidence and the courage to burst into bud and blossom and, what’s more, with your reserves refuelled, you will have all the resources you need to achieve everything you dreamed of.
Happy New Year.