What is winter's gift?
With winter upon us, I look upon the end of the year with gratitude and a sense of wonder for days ahead.
Fall has been the season of letting go and going with the flow.
Have I been able to let go and flow with Life or with what reality presents me?
How do I know I have let go and gone with the flow?
What is the gift of the season of winter for me/us?
Cozy up and journey with me.
How do I know I have let go?
I know I have let go when there is momentum in my moments. The resistance that kept things at a standstill begins to shift, move, dance....
Like leaves hanging on a tree, they fall to the ground. A quick effortless and spiraling descent. Dry and crisp leaves that whisper that autumn is here. Covering the ground they express a melodic tone of surrender and humility.
Like a river that flows through rocks and streams down gaining momentum. There is a constant filling of cracks and crevices. Water rushes forth with effortless power.
That is how nature shows me to let go and go with the flow.
Some aspects of what life presents me with have been easier to flow with than others. I know it is a process and that some matters are a work in progress. Nature also shows me the beauty of interdependence. All living beings rely on one another.
With winter nearing, inner reflection is wise and serves to ground me.
I look back with respect and a touch of humor. When it seemed that there was no growth, Life showed me I had been watering my efforts with patience and faith. Without patience, there is no kindness. Without kindness, I lose my humanity. And without faith, perseverance is filled with tiring effort. Faith says "keep going, amidst the unseen." Humor helps to make the heavier moments lighter.
None of my experiences have been in vain. It is experience that gives me confidence. Confidence allows me to be me and voice my needs and desires. My own personal lessons pave the path. I can resist what shows up along the path or I can flow and in time gain momentum.
Winter allows me to reflect upon the previous season's lessons. Each season had lessons and perhaps even tests. A test to show me what I had yet to really learn. The Universe is benevolent and has shown me thus far in my lifetime that I have many opportunities to get my lessons.
I can learn with grace and even with joy or I can learn in a number of other ways. And the best part is that there is no right or wrong way. It is a unique journey and I can be divinely guided. The light of Love shines upon us. We can be grateful for so much every season.
Perhaps, winter's innate gift is the joy of having been given so much as the year concludes and then sharing our blessings with those along our path.
Winter is a time for going within, slowing down and introspection. How we honor this wise aspect of Life is unique to us especially in these times.
There is peace in honoring self, all life and each season.
I am grateful for what has been, what is and what is to be.
Much hope is alive this winter and looking forward for me.
Thank you for journeying with me. Cheers to a wonderful holiday season!
How about you- what are you grateful for this season?
What are your season's lessons?
What is alive in you as winter approaches?
What do feel is winter's innate gift(s)?