In many earth-centric traditions, the winter season is a time for “going within”, and I’m pretty sure many of us have that experience, especially if we’ve ever lived in colder climates. It is not unusual for us to want to lean more inwardly, to cocoon where we may give ourselves the space to dream and luxuriate in the stillness of our very own, private being. When I was younger, our house had a wonderful window-seat where I had the time and space to sit and stare out of the window and lose myself in daydreaming. Loosening the ties of “have-to’s” and “shoulds” gives us the freedom and space to allow our spirits and imagination to commune with Divine Spirit. When we stop yielding to boundaries and rules and laws, and stop all the “doing”, we can begin to rest inside our “being” and give ourselves the truest and purest gifts of this season: insight, repose, stillness, wisdom, and inner peace. I think of silence not as a stopping of activity and thought, but rather as a return Home where I am fed, surrounded by love and given a place to truly rest.
We may hope for that externally, as we visit with family or friends for the holidays, but when we stop the bustle of shopping, dinners and parties and settle in for a quiet chat with a friend or relative whom we haven’t seen in a while, we sink into the luxurious and timeless space of connecting. It’s one of those oxymorons that when we reach out to connect with another, we must also reach inward to find that place of realness and authenticity in order to truly be with that person.
In searching for quotes from passages in many of my books, I return to Ernest Holmes. I’d like to share some of them here, in hopes they will be taken in deeply, and perhaps some wise phrase will find its way into your heart and soul to waken the beauty of your spirit. Here are three from The Science of Mind: