by Dreama Vance
December 21st is Winter Solstice for the northern hemisphere. It is my most favorite day of the entire year!
Yin energy is at its peak and calls us to settle down with a warm cup of herbal tea and reflect on the past year. It calls us inside ourselves to contemplate, meditate, and rest in the reassurance of the Presence.
You can feel this energy pulling you. The energy calls you inward. It is one of the reasons we experience so much stress during this time of the year. We are running around madly, busy as can be, exactly opposite of what the energies of Nature are calling us to do.
When we are in harmony with the Earth and her energies, we move into flow and grace. Stop and rest today. Be still and quiet your mind and allow reflection.
For several years now, I have been reflecting during Winter Solstice. As I reflect on the past year, a single word will come to consciousness that identifies the energy of the year just lived. It will be the theme or topic of experience that life has given me in my journey.
This year the word is Simplify.
This has been the theme running through this past year and indeed, continues to be a beacon of light for the time ahead. The energies are never discarded in the new year, but instead, they add to the wisdom of our experience of life and continue to light our way.
For one thing, we downsized. Less really is more! More time to enjoy life instead of maintaining stuff! Before you move, you go through your stuff and get rid of a bunch of it. Then you move and wonder why you didn’t get rid of the rest of it! We still have some of that to do, but already life is easier because burdens of responsibility are lifted.
The process of simplification of your mental atmosphere brings clarity. With clarity comes the ability to focus. With focus comes action!
When our minds are cluttered with too much stimulation, we become overwhelmed. I don’t know about you, but when that happens, I just sit down and don’t do anything! When we get rid of some of the mental noise and chatter, we can think straight again. We become calm and collected mentally. Then we can move into action and accomplish our goals. Priorities line up automatically and effortlessly.
Simplification has been the theme running throughout our year, not because we decided at the beginning that it would be, but because our intuition and spiritual wisdom guided us in this direction.
As we returned to the garden in our food choices, our meals became much less complicated. As this happened, our taste buds came back to life! Who would think that straight celery juice would be delicious?
Fruits and vegetables made into smoothies, juices, and salads comprise the majority of our meals. They are delicious. We feel lighter, brighter, more energetic. Raw fruits and vegetables are alive with life energy. When you eat them this way in there uncooked form, you become alive with this energy. You awaken with this vitality. The cells in your body want to sing and dance when you begin to feed them this way. Life just gets easier and more enjoyable. It becomes more real.
SPIRITUAL CLARITY MADE SIMPLE
When you go back to the beginning teachings of your spiritual understanding, do you remember how simple they were? You had great insights and intuition. You really didn’t know enough to make up any of your experiences, so your consciousness was picking up on the underlying qualities of Spirit.
When we simplify our spiritual practice, like we are doing with the chakra meditations, we unclutter the mental process and that uncluttering opens the path for the qualities of Spirit to be seen, felt, and experienced, just as they were when you first began to awaken to the Truth of your being.
Simplicity paves the way for clarity. Clarity opens understanding. Understanding creates the desire for deeper connection and that is how we arrive at the dwelling place and maintain our abiding place in the Presence.
Simplify. You can see how it has been the word of the year in our family and the benefits it has provided. If you live in the northern climes, I hope you will take the time this Winter Solstice to go within and allow Spirit to reveal your word of the year so you may explore what you have learned and the wisdom you have gained.
As we reach the tipping point of Yin energy, it begins to flow into Yang. May your word of this past year be a light to the new active energies beginning to flow as we move toward the New Year.
Many, many blessings to you.
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