winter and change

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Winter

After the frenzy of the autumn dance comes the hibernal sleep.  Exhausted and spent, Mother Earth rests in the peace of a 'little death', her old bones jutting in rocky outcrops free of the withered skin of summer grass.  Everywhere the relics of leaves rot beneath skeletal trees...

A snow blanket covers the slumbering earth.  Nature has 'gone to ground;' the cattle are shut in the barn and the snail in its shell.  Human beings 'wrap up,' hug themselves for warmth and withdraw into their houses.  Retreating from the cold we move ever more inwards, seeking a warm hearth.  It can be a surprise to find that the most sustaining warmth comes from the inner 'fire' which seems to burn more brightly during this time of the year.  We discover a fiery enthusiasm for projects to be done in time for Christmas; we bask in the glow of flickering imaginations as we curl up with a good book.  We may find our mind ablaze with new ideas, for winter clears our head too, allowing thoughts to rise in clarity, like the stars in a frost-polished sky...

(All Year Round by Ann Druitt)

I see this December and myself quite different from years past.  I decorated my house differently last week. Donated some of our decorations.  Simplified to the basics.  Started reading winter stories and poems to the girls in anticipating snow.  Am taking my cue on how to life this winter from the earth. And now I am beginning a new journey with my family towards Christmas and tradition and sensing nature's changes purposefully.    This December already feels different. I am stopping and thinking before acting in the same, routine Christmas fashion I've always done.

I'm excited to have you in on the journey this month...

the sleepy time gal