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Return of the Light

Return of the Light

Mid-Winter in the Northern Hemisphere allows us to feel the quickening, a stirring in the world as the Light returns. Part of us may feel restless to leap into the outer world and its busy-ness, but another wiser part is still incubating and giving form to our dreams and visions for the year. All of Winter is a mending, integrating time.

Consider a pregnancy, where it’s important to let the little one develop as long as it needs to in the womb. Premature delivery can cause developmental complications.

But that doesn’t mean new life is on hold. Note the wild mushrooms sprouting from the bark of this cherry tree, fed by the abundant Winter rains. New life always finds a way in its own time.

Patience, self-love, and self-compassion are vital to our time in the Winter den. By taking some inward time to feed our souls, we can let go of what we don’t need to carry forward with us. We can patch up energy leaks and make a break with people/place/things that don’t mutually sustain. We can heal up old wounds and come to peace with ourselves. We can consolidate our vitality and refocus it so serve our greater purpose.

So keep on feeding your visions for your relationships, work life, health, creativity, and spiritual growth. Be patient for more energy coming in the next few weeks. And trust your process is underway, even if it’s more internal. That’s in tune with the season.

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Healing Quotes

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

– W. S. Merwin

“Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.”

– Katherine Mansfield

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– E. M. Forster

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Our only security is our ability to change.”

– John Lilly

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

– Ram Dass

“Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.”

– Alex Grey

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

– Bill Hicks

“In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart.”

– Chogyam Trungpa

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”

– Elizabeth A. Behnke

“Don’t run away from grief, o soul
Look for the remedy inside the pain.
Because the rose came from the thorn
And the ruby came from a stone.”

– Rumi

“The absolute tranquility is the present moment. Though it is at this moment, there is no limit to this moment, and therein is eternal delight.”

– Hui-Neng

“Joy moves always to new locations,
the ease of its flow never freezing.
A long winter’s tale is over. Now
with each spring day, a new story.”

– Rumi

“It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.”

– James Schuyler

“Grief is not a task to finish,
And move on,
But an element of yourself –
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing,
A new definition of self.”

– Barb Mather