Reflection for Moving Through Change Gracefully
As we move towards the Winter Equinox, where the nights are longer and the days are shorter, one of the gifts of this season is the opportunity to draw inward to take time to reflect. In most parts of the country winter is the season for hibernating. The seeds have fallen from the trees and are now slowly germinating underfoot. No growth, just a quiet incubation period. We can use this time to initiate a profound look into ourselves. By giving ourselves this time to reflect on our feelings and experiences over the past year, it allows us the space to move through change more gracefully. For Vince and me, as with most people I know, this year has brought on many significant changes to lifestyle, health, and the simple ways we use to do things.
My husband and I usually take time around the holidays to get away with each other to spend quality time reflecting and giving thanks for the past year’s gifts and lessons. We usually go to the mountains or the ocean, places that feed us mentally and spiritually. This year it is very different for us. With the purchase and renovation of the new property for Desert Song, along with Vince’s recent accident, we are staying home. In the retreat of our own home, we are deliberately and consciously finding moments together of reflection within our day to recharge and renew ourselves through meditation, walks, bodywork and heartfelt discussion. Although our lives have taken a sharp curve, we find it beneficial to spend a lot of our reflection time finding the gifts that come from the unforeseen–and the seemingly negative–episodes of our lives. Hindsight has always shown us the silver linings; however, when we can be grateful and conscious of the lessons in present time, then we can move through these travails with calmness, faith and appreciation.
At the yoga center this month, we plan to create a calming restorative atmosphere during this season of busyness that will nurture your body, quiet your mind and feed your soul. We encourage you to find some reflective moments to enhance your health and promote your happiness.
Take some time for yourself to nurture, appreciate and listen to the whispers of your soul. Allow some space in your day for meditation, restorative yoga or therapeutic bodywork. Savor the past accomplishments and follow the inner urgings that plant the seeds for your tomorrow. When you create space for the internal work, you give yourself the freedom to explore what touches your heart and lets your spirit soar.
May you and your family enjoy a season of grace and peace. We are so grateful for your support and feel continually blessed that you are in our lives.
Blessings to you,
Mary Beth, Vince and the Desert Song Staff
This passage is from the Anam Cara. The Book of Celtic Wisdom.
by John O’Donohue 1956-2008
A Blessing of Solitude
May you recognize in your life, the presence, power and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
that behind the façade of your life there is something beautiful, good, and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.