In the words of Dr Phil ‘How’s it working for you?’
Not so good? I thought as much.
So, let’s have a look at why we get the need to slow-down. (Oh yes, it is a need!) And then, let’s see what we can do to make this work for us.
Or as I like to say ‘It’s time to slow-down to Choose Happy!’
I love the Goddess cards and this phase of the year is represented by Maeve. Maeve is a kick-bum Celtic goddess who took no truck with those who pushed her when she wasn’t in the mood. She often represents women’s moon cycles, but I’m looking to the bigger picture today. Maeve represents all our cycles and rhythms.
For those of us in the Western world, January is when nature is dormant. Or, at least she appears dormant.
I lived for many years in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada. Here winter brings a blanket of snow to cover the earth. The temperatures drop to dangerously cold levels and it requires planning just to get to work and do your daily routines and chores. Now, I live in the Pacific Northwest, where the cold is often accompanied by rain and gray, dark days.
All these lead us to want to hunker down and rest. For me, it’s sip tea and look out of the window. My knitting beckons. I tend to drift to bed early and rise slowly. I’m in tune with nature. Are you taking time to allow this for you?
Our culture pushes us to continue as if nothing has changed. We feel guilty if we aren’t going…busy with new projects, getting the sales, achieving constantly. STOP! Slow down and listen to your natural rhythms.
But what good is that?
By taking time to rest, repair and be still we actually allow our creative juices to get going. While Mother Nature may look as if she is sleeping, under the surface there is tons of activity. The roots of the trees and plants are gathering nourishment from deep in the earth.
Think of it this way. If I didn’t put my bulbs into the dark, they wouldn’t grow in the Spring. My amaryllis gets tucked into
the cupboard for 3 months of the year, so that it can gain energy to blossom into full beauty. This is what we need too.
So, allow yourself to honor the cycles of your body, energy levels and emotions.
Rest when you are tired.
Take time to play. Take time to sip tea, look out the window and contemplate your life.
And know absolutely that you are not wasting time. You are nurturing those deep roots within. You are cultivating your creative beauty.
And just as surely know that you are going to blossom in the Spring.