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In the run up to Christmas, most of us are running around in a hectic last minute attempt to get everything done — meet all those deadlines at work, get the Christmas tree up and the shopping done, sort out the cards, prepare for the escape to warmer climes, or onto the ski slope…. The list goes on and on.
We keep pushing ourselves to get everything done. And wonder why we don’t seem to have the energy to cram it all in. There’s a reason so many of us are so low on energy at this time of year.
SIMPLE: It’s December.
In our every day lives, we forget our connection to the earth, to the seasons, the phases of the moon, even the rhythm of each day. And it is our connection to the earth that grounds and nurtures us. The further we remove ourselves from the ground beneath our feet, the more likely we are to suffer stress and burnout.
It’s just a few weeks before the Winter Solstice. The days are cold, damp and dark. The trees stand naked, the fields lie fallow, the water in our ponds and lakes begins to freeze over. The sun is low on the horizon; the earth is resting, conserving energy, renewing herself; the earth’s energy is drawn inward. This is a very feminine time of the year. And one we need to respect for what it is.
Yet, for the most part, we’re not aware of the seasons. If it’s dark, we can have light at the flip of a switch. If it’s cold and damp, we turn up the central heating. Even though it’s wint er, we can buy summer fruits at the supermarket. Despite the fact that there’s little earth energy to spare, we run around at full tilt.
That’s not what the winter solstice is about. It’s about drawing in, resting, restoring our energy and balance, so that we are refreshed for when the light returns and warms the soil and our souls, so that both can spring into life again.
This is what our ancestors celebrated at mid-winter: the return of the light. They put huge yule logs on the fire, stayed indoors, relaxed, enjoyed the company of good friends and family. They ate hearty food to warm their bellies, a good mead to wash it down and indulged themselves in kissing under the (influence of the) mistletoe. (That’s a fascinating story).
There is much we can learn from the ancient Celts. Take it easy; be in keeping with this season of rest and renewal. Lie in, hunker down, eat well and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful world.
Remember, those seeds you have planted lie dormant in the ground, waiting for the return of the light. The plans you’ve made for the New Year, too, lie dormant, waiting for the return of your light and energy. There is a time for everything. This season is a time for rest, renewal and rejuvenation. Get out for a long walk in the woods or across the fields, stomping through as many mud puddles as you can find. This will restore your energy and well being.
Enjoy doing nothing. This time of year, it’s good for you.