We were sitting on the back patio journaling during my women’s circle when the question came to me “What is the creative gift I want to give myself over the holidays?” I would have expected something to arise like time to take more photos, or to write, or even to create handmade gifts. All are worthy. But before I had a chance to write any of that down, the answer came – ironically – loud and clear.
That’s what I wanted more than anything else. Time to simply… be.
I know, I know, we all have that mantra that the holidays are stressful and we want to slow down. But this was something even deeper. More primal.
I wanted the kind of silence that is borne in nature and with our reconnection to our wild interior selves.
In her poem “Wild,” Christine Valtner writes,
“Magpies soar overhead,
igniting a dim memory
that I was once like this,
feathered muscles rising and falling,
grateful for horizon and emptiness.”
I remember when I took a month off in 2015 for a solo trip out West. There were so many days that I stood on top of mountains in New Mexico, only hearing the sound of wind ruffling my jacket and birds calling. There were no sounds of traffic, or even music. And yet, rather than feeling empty, I felt full. And at peace.
But every year, I somehow get caught up in trying to find perfect gifts and attending too many holiday parties. That’s all fine… but I forget that this “season” is about cycles of nature as well.
As Joanna Powell Colbert says, “The deep midwinter is quiet time. It’s a time of rest in the natural world, of stored energy, of hibernation and compost, of seeds slumbering below the surface of the earth. Garden beds are covered in straw, bears and bats and chipmunks are sound asleep. Tree frogs and earthworms rest, moths cocoon, snakes are coiled and immobile.”
Just picture that, chipmunks sleeping and earthworms resting on a winter night.
That’s the kind of silence I want, the kind that is such a deep renewal you can barely see my breath below that festive red sweater.
So this holiday and beyond, I wish for all of us a time of reconnection with who we really are. With the wild soul underneath all the tinsel and wrappings. And the quiet, limitless horizons seen only when we pause…
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below…
Winter Creative Soul Women’s Circles
January to April 2017
To accommodate demand, I’ve opened a morning Circle and there are 2 spots left in it (the evening and afternoon circles are full, but you can email me to get on the waiting list).
The book inspiring the journey is Julia Cameron’s new book “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.”
These Circles are set up to feel like a mini-retreat. We gently open with reflections, there is spacious time for journaling in response to prompts, and small groups of intimate conversation. We will reconnect with our creativity, our desires and what matters most.
Create an Inspiring 2017!
Saturday, January 28
Every year we are faced with a choice. We can move forward aligned with what matters most to us, what creates joy and purpose… or we can default to what we’ve always done before.
How about if this year is a little different?
Using journaling and fun creative exercises, we will access deeper wisdom and intuition to guide us to what we truly desire in 2017. Not just what we want to do… but how we want to feel and experience the year.
We will take an unconventional route… and walk away inspired. We will get clear on what we truly want… versus what we “think” we want. And to insure it doesn’t all disappear like smoke after the workshop ends, we will create an action plan with daily and weekly practices to feed our vision…
We will birth this vision in a historic, light-filled Main Street arts space in Elgin, Texas (about 30 minutes from Austin). Join us! Details Here.