Embrace the Quiet

The Winter Solstice is almost here, and it is one of my favorite and least favorite nights of the year. One of the least because it is the longest night, so in the days around it my energy levels are low. One of my favorites because it signals the return of the light (you can tell I’m a sunshine girl now, yes?). It’s a time of year when plants and animals are resting, and many of us are bustling to get everything done before the winter holidays.

I decided to try not to fight the dark this year. Instead of forcing myself to get through a big list of things that Must! Get! Done! I’m trying to appreciate the opportunities for quiet introspection.

The biggest change I’ve made lately is to switch from drinking my morning tea while answering emails to drinking it while watching the sky get light. Honestly, there has been something deeply healing about delaying the time when I turn on my computer in the morning. I have found that I am able to be more present and mindful while I drink that tea and eat my breakfast, it’s made the flow of my mornings more peaceful.

The other thing I really appreciate this time of year is how quiet it can be outside. There’s almost a stillness to the days around the Solstice, I’ve read it likened to potential energy, rather than the kinetic energy of the warmer months. It’s easier for me to quiet my mind while I walk (most of the time) than at other times of the year.

I’m really glad I made the choice this year to embrace my lower energy levels and allow myself more opportunities to be quiet and still, instead of trying to force myself to get as much done in a day as I did before it got cold. I hope it will help set the stage for some dramatic growth this spring.

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