Here we are heading into the darkest time of the year. How can we cultivate lightness of being when the outer world descends every day further into the longest nights and shortest days of winter solstice time?
1. Embrace The Darkness –
We all carry within us the forces of dark and light, but it’s the darker side of ourselves that we tend to keep hidden. Sadness, anger, despair, depression – it’s hard for us not to judge and resist these emotions. But oncoming winter seems to offer a time to surrender to our dark side, to stop resisting the underbelly of life, and even welcome it to our table. This season serves as a reminder that we need the loss of light and life, the turning inward and downward of life force energy, in order to be whole and complete. If this time of year is calling out your inner darkness, you may find great solace and wisdom in Thomas Moore’s classic book, Dark Nights of the Soul, which brings recognition, honor, and self-realization to our shadow selves.
2. Cultivate Lightness of Being –
The ancient Taoist wisdom guides us to sleep long hours, be less active, make fewer commitments, and turn our attention inward. While getting some fresh air, sunshine and exercise is one of the best ways I know of to keep healthy, happy and warm throughout the winter, this is truly an ideal time to develop a meditation practice, to light a candle and play angelic music, or to practice restorative yoga. Our external environment is but a reflection of the inner, and as the trees withdraw their energy from the leaves and let them go in order to send the life force deep underground to rejuvenate the roots for next year’s growth, so too must we.
3. Recommit To Your Highest Potential –
Poised like a seed awaiting dark earth and water, inside the ending of the passing year is held the potential of the coming year. Rather than giving up on those dreams of health, fitness, weight loss, self-confidence, vibrant energy, or whatever you might have envisioned for yourself earlier this year, realize that it’s not too late (it’s never too late!)! To support you in your pursuit of physical detoxification, health generation, clarity, joy, and inner peace, my dear friend and colleague Holly Shelowitz and I have created a raw food-centric cleansing and cooking class, just for you and your magnificent holiday season. Click here to find out more!