The temperature has plummeted to below zero the past couple of days.
I’m cocooned in the cream-colored cushions on my couch, looking out at the snow-covered foothills. Sadie’s sleeping on the sheepskin rug below me. And, I inhale the earthy pine of the Christmas tree as its lights twinkle.
My heart….warm… swells in my chest. Happy. Full. Blessed. And tired.
Oh, yes: I’m grateful that it’s that time of the year again. For rest, reflection, and completion.
Looking around, I admit: my life looks nothing like it did last year at this time. And, yet, through life’s mysterious rearranging process of destruction and creation, this new configuration feels a lot more me.
2016 has been an “interesting” year for so many of us– and adequate digestion time is required to mine the lessons from the challenges we faced.
While lots of new changes and ideas are brewing inside me as a result of all I’ve lived this year, I know that sharing them now would be premature. The magical art of feminine gestation is needed.
As we approach my favorite day of the year, the winter solstice, and the holidays that ensue, I encourage you to make space for the same.
Let’s support one another in aligning with the slower pace our bodies and souls so crave at this time of year by:
- Pressing “pause” on new projects
- Spending less time on email and social media (and more time outside, with loved ones, and with ourselves)
- Sleeping more
- Devoting time and space to doing a year-end review
- Favoring practices that deepen your faith (like prayer), and that calm your nervous system (like yin yoga and long walks in nature)
Since The Way of the Happy Woman is closing for our annual holiday sojourn this Friday (until January 2), and I’m bowing out now to spend next week visioning and retreating, I wanted to leave you with some tools to help you tap into the renewal and magic intrinsic to the holy weeks ahead.
Tools to help you slow down. Breathe. Listen. And to remember: You’ve got this.
MY HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU….
A BRAND-NEW MINI-COURSE:
13 SIGNPOSTS FOR A SHE-CENTERED LIFE
DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX, WITH LOVE. TOTALLY FREE.
Over the next 13 days, I’ll share some of my favorite, most powerful teachings (written and audio, with suggested practices and journaling prompts).
Each one is incredibly simple and unveils a pathway home to an indestructible connection to yourself and the Divine.
This mini-course is a return to the basics. So it’s perfect for this time of year when it’s so easy to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and run down.
(You’ll receive your first signpost right away.)
Over the next two weeks, set aside a few moments each day to reconnect to your inner wisdom (your SHE). The teachings I’ll send you each day with help you to do this, since I know so much will be swirling around you.
I’ll help you turn within to tend to your rich, inner landscape … so you can show up for the holidays more gracefully, courageously, and authentically.
I can’t wait to share this simple, powerful journey with you as we enter into this sacred time.
Because you don’t have to feel lost in the dark… when your wisest guide is always within you.
From my heart to yours, I hope this serves and inspires you. Thank you for another enriching year together. I look forward to sharing so much more with you in the year ahead!
Until then, be gentle with yourself and enjoy this time– in all its complexity and preciousness.
With my love and respect,