This time of year is a potent time for self-reflection. We are moving toward the winter Solstice on December 21st. This is the shortest period daylight of the year and the longest night of the year! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we experience a dwindling of the vibrant energy the sunlight provides and a subsequent slumbering effect that calls us inward. The word solstice translates roughly as “sun stands still.” This time of year you can live in alignment with this final turn of the calendar by leaning into this slowness. Settle in and enjoy the opportunity to pause and consider your life path. Be inspired by the words of Robert Frost. His poem, “Stopping by woods on a snowy evening”, captures the moment of a reflective pause when he stops in midst of dark night of snowfall on his journey home on the Winter Solstice. Reading his words, I feel myself exhale into the hush of winter with appreciation for the beauty that resides in any intentional pause, even when we still have much to accomplish!
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Every December, I create a sacred space for a deep review of my year. The Recipe for Resilience workbook emerged out of this personal process. I am excited to share this process with others! The workbook includes practical worksheets combined with concepts to get you thinking critically about your life. I focus on essential elements of self-care and mindful compassion along with gestures of repair and touchstone moments to build resilience. The three sections of the workbook are Understand, Reflect and Trust. They are sequenced to move you through three key questions:
How can you use resilience as a guiding concept for your life right now?
What experiences this year provided the insight and healing you need to move forward?
How can you honor your unique path for thriving in 2019?
Working through this material, you consider your experiences in 2018 and respond to specific questions for self-reflection. Meditation practices are designed to highlight the feeling of resilience in your body and your capacity for creating calm. The process includes creating a mixed media collage with intuition as your guide to inspire your unique path for thriving in 2019. Taking time to look back, be present and integrate the lessons from the past, you are guaranteed to align with your true purpose moving forward in the new year.
I will be at the Seattle Mindfulness Center on December 29th, 2018 from 10-2pm.
I will be at The Cloud Room on January 6th, 2018 from10-2.
I am available to work with your team to facilitate this process.