Growing up in California, winter was a fairly mild event. Then I moved to Alaska where winter lasts for nine months. That gave me a lot of opportunity to explore the beauty and necessity of darkness!
Just as Nature has a time of slowing down, getting quiet, going inward, I look forward to the soul season of winter. Part of my year end ritual is zenning up my home and office, purging books, papers, and computer files. It’s enormously satisfying and part of the creation process, liberating space for new inspiration and projects.
For many of us it has been a year of letting go in both our inner and outer lives. We have dug deep to weed out that which no longer serves us, composted our inner landscape with self love and tender care, and planted seeds for what is to emerge.
On a more global level it has been a year of change, maybe THE year of change. We have witnessed systems and structures collapsing, periods of suspension in the unknown, and for some of us hints of the vision for what is emerging.
There is a lot of focus on the upcoming solstice and the end of the Mayan calendar. My sense is that it not the end of the world, but of the end of the world as we have known it. Many of us are focused on a vision of respect and connection with all forms of life, a world where there is tolerance, generosity and kindness. What we focus on expands, and since energy has to shift before the form of anything changes, this lends potency to the transformative process.
To rejuvenate from a year filled with movement and change, I have a couple of practices that honor the beauty and necessity of darkness and are deeply nourishing.
One is night walks. There are galactic nutrients that are only available from the night sky. In the dark we can “see” more clearly with our other senses and “hear” more clearly with our hearts. Looking up at the big open sky fills me with gratitude and awe at the magnificence of the celestial altar above. I give thanks for the stars, planets, moon, and the mystery of darkness.
After a year of loving and serving, the second practice is about “assimilating the essence” of our experiences.
When we offer something of beauty to the world, whether it is a smile, silent prayers, or creating a new product line of alchemical medicines, we generate the energy of good fortune. This yummy energy can go unclaimed unless we open to receive it. In the quiet darkness I ask to become a magnet for receiving and assimilating the essences of all my experiences, and then open to be filled, nourished, replenished.
Try these practices and let me know what you experience!
May all that is unlived in you blossom into a future filled with love
May you revel in the awakening of your passion and purpose
May you arise each day with a sense of appreciation and wonder
May you lavish and be lavished with love
With deepest appreciation,