I wanted to pop in and wish you a beautiful start to the holidays.
As we are inevitably engaging in a lot of rushing and doing, I also wanted to remind you that December, that winter, is a time of quiet. Its a time when we naturally want to look inward, and with the darker days around us, we can reflect and let go of anything that is not in alignment with our soul.
As depressing as it may sound, this time is a time of death. We may look to nature, and see many of the plants and animals taking a break. Going inward and allowing a cycle to come to an end.
But it is not a ‘bad’ thing. The cycles of life and death are in constant motion. Life is cyclical and these cycles have so much to teach us if we stop for a second and allow them. But in a culture where we never want to give up control, or slow down, or look at the more challenging bits, we ignore a huge part of what simply is.
For the month of December, I want to give you an idea. As we approach closer to the start of winter, to the Winter Solstice, I want to encourage you to embrace the quiet. To listen to what the cycles of nature have to show us. To look within and listen. To honor your divine intuition and recognize that the winter of our lives are an important, sacred time. Allow it and let it be.
Here are some ideas of how to honor your innate wisdom and make space for quiet:
Build an altar in your home. Earlier this year I joined a women’s mentorship group called Whole Woman and since have built and been sitting at an altar in my room. Its probably the most healing thing I have done for myself all year. There is so much magic in creating a sacred space for yourself and there is no time like winter to built an altar.
Sit an admire the beauty in nature or in a space in your home. For myself, I love having a cup of tea or coffee and just staring at our Christmas lights in the morning. Beginning my day connecting within and with beauty sets the tone for a day more in alignment.
Say no intentionally. If it isn’t a hell yes, its a hell no. Being choosy about what you want to let in your life will allow you to like more authentically. And when you live more authentically? You accept who you are, your desires, and you step into living a more magnetic life.
Journal. Whether its free flowing or using prompts (we have a couple great supports here and here) allow your inner wisdom to flow on paper. One of my favorite exercises? Dreaming for the New Year. List everything you wish and want to bring forth in 2019. Putting it down on paper is magic.
Bake. A beautifully creative process, baking can also be wonderfully nostalgic. I love pulling out my grandmother’s cut out cookie recipe and using sprinkles. If you want ideas for healthier baking, this is my current favorite book.
Take a bath. Its not a new idea, but be intentional around this one. Light candles and add a few supports to your bath. I love adding herbs from our yard, crystals, and some epsom salts. As you fill up your bath, say a prayer for what you need from the activity. Here’s an example, ‘May this bath allow me to strengthen my relationship with myself and strengthen my intuition.'
Follow the moon. As women, our cycles mimic the moon. Starting to track and follow the moon by simple acknowledging its stages and investigating on how to use the moon’s magic to know more about yourself.
Using these ideas or your own, how will you make space for the quiet this month? Make it happen by planning it on your calendar or by asking a friend to keep each other accountable.