Hello Dear Ones-
This year has been deeply challenging for so many in multiple ways. I know that I am not alone in yearning for this year to be over in hopes that the new year will bring a freshness and possibility that seems to be lost right now. Whether we acknowledge the arrival of the new year or the turning of the seasons there is a movement and shift towards the ever unfolding possibility of new life to honor. These thresholds are powerful and important to recognize with ritual and attention.
This year has been incredibly difficult for me personally on many levels. I have had to face fears and challenges that I never even thought possible. And yet here I am emerging from the darkness, incredibly tired and trying to make sense of it all. Sometimes the sense making needs the darkness…like this time of year that calls us inwards and downwards; like the seed that only sprouts once it is packed into its dark moist home in the earth. I need that right now…earth, dark, slow, quiet. Practices that bring me into conversation with these elements seem a powerful way to honor myself and the season. Do you feel that way too?
Our culture often seems aversive to the dark and slow and quiet with its pre-occupation with big and bright and busy. But the energy to move up and out comes from the rooting down and in…it is natures way and we are nature. So I encourage you (and myself) to listen to any of the whispers that call you to tend the dark inside and around you. Any possible ways to slow down and listen through your body into the body of the earth. Any times you can pause, get quiet and tend the innate stillness that this time of year calls forth. We will be in good company with the wise trees and plants around us who are fully engaged in rooting down and in right now rather than branching up and out.
The world needs us…rooted, grounded and ready to bring our unique way of being into the world. Take the time to tend your roots and the branches will grow with so much more resiliency and ease in the coming season.
- Take time to sit in the dark, to practice or drink tea by candle light, to slow down enough to be heavy and earthy.
- During your movement practice tend to the connection your body makes with the earth…how you touch the earth and how she supports and touches you, moment to moment.
- Come in for a Resiliency Session and learn some tools to move through any stuck places that feel like they pull you up and out of the current moment.
By Anne Powell
to the place in you
where fire and silence dwell —
the place of power.
to that pool in you
of weedless water —
the place of knowing.
the moss bright path
to your Grandmother’s house —
the place of song.
to the last strawberry —
the freshness of God.