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Celebrating 2017 & Welcoming 2018

Why does the arrival of December seem to come as a surprise?  Perhaps it’s the turn around; the looking  back instead of ahead. It is the end of a calendar year. But if you take away the idea of “time,” as in a calendar sort of way, and instead proceed as usual on to the next month, it doesn’t seem quite so extraordinary.

Recognition of the conclusion of one year and the beginning of the next does offer us the occasion for celebration. A time to stop and consider life.  A time to reflect and take it all in.

A time to let go of the resistance we hold: to time, to change, to what we don’t like, to what makes us unhappy.

When we let go of resistance it feels a lot like relief. And feeling relief really is a cause for celebration.

What is it about resistance that feels like such an integral part of our daily lives? While it sounds good as a form of not tolerating or accepting things we don’t like, is it really a productive path to be always focused on what we don’t like or want?

Consider this: resistance creates resistance. The war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on anything.  It’s still a war full of resisting.

What if instead of resisting, we step away from it? Instead of saying “I don’t like this or I don’t like that” and staying locked into that position, we acknowledge what we don’t like and then move towards/into what we do like. Leave resistance behind.

Perhaps it’s resistance that creates the surprise to the question, “How is it exactly that we got to December when it feels like January 2017 just popped in.”  So, now that we’re really here in December, what next?

Once upon a time, I thought, if I get out for a walk, all will be well. And it is wonderful to get out for a walk, with myself, with a friend or with a group of women. But at some point the question arises, “Is it enough? Do I feel complete?”

Enough for what? Complete for what? Enough for: balance, renewal, nature, universe, uplift, energy, feeling good, connection, life to its fullest and richest.

It’s easy to get so focused on one thing that may be “the answer” that it becomes all there is. But we live in a world of infinite choices. My conclusion to date is, walking is fantastic, I love it and it’s one piece of the puzzle. It’s one piece of all the pieces. Discovering and receiving more possibilities deepens the beauty of walking. Be open to your adventure and discovery of what’s out in the world for you.

One grand thing about being outside is that it’s a segway into more; a step into a different dimension. Nature Dimension. We spend so much time in our heads that it’s hard to relax and enjoy nature. Next time you’re out to walk, take notice of when you go from Mind Dimension (static, busyness, chaos, worry etc) to Nature Dimension (calm, grounded, feel good, present, relaxed).

Step out to walk and pay attention to when you go from Mind to Nature. It happens so softly you may not realize it’s happened at first, but when you pause, check in with yourself to see where you are – in your mind or in your heart – you’ll know. You’ll know you’re in your heart because your breath has eased, your body is relaxed, you are in tune with your surroundings and you experience relief from resistance. Nature has worked her way with you.

December 21st is the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere. It is the day of shortest daylight and longest night. It occurs because the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year. Daylight lasts for approximately 7 hours and 49 minutes.

The term ‘solstice’ is taken from the Latin word ‘solstitium’, meaning ‘Sun standing still’. On this day the Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses its direction as it reaches its southernmost position as seen from the Earth.

This December 21, plant your feet onto earth’s solid ground. Look towards what you want. Visualize all you want and let yourself float on the stream of good feelings.