I think January is for dreaming and deep wintering. As you go about visioning your new year, setting intentions, defining goals, and parsing out plans, please honor a pace that is right for you.
Winter solstice is a week away and ‘tis the season of long nights. We are in the final moments of a long exhale that began back in June. Soon the slow inhale will begin as we emerge from the dark and build toward the light again. In this time of sacred pause, this empty moment between the exhale and the inhale, we have access to something truly magical….if we are paying attention.
I’ve got no Black Friday Sale to pitch. No Cyber Monday FOMO frenzy designed to part you from your money. No hurry up or you’ll miss your last chance. Nope. Not doing it.
We come home to our body, the soft animal who loves what it loves. We attune to the senses and let the tastes, sounds, smells, touch and beauty usher us into the present where all our power resides. We tap into pleasure as sustainable fuel to keep us focused, creative, resourced and nourished. So we can do our good work in the world.
When I closed the Shakti Oasis membership program and pulled back from teaching almost two years ago, I thought I was just going to take a few months off, to gather myself.
If “being in the mood” was a prerequisite, sex wouldn’t be happening. Because I’m not 30 anymore. The body doesn’t often have a demand for sex. There is no biological imperative or monthly hormone spike jumpstarting my turn-on.
If your day is full and your evening planned, remember that the moment is long. We’ve been arriving at solstice for a while and we’ll be in the energy a while longer. Know that your heart will be heard and the fullness of the moment will be ripe for you when you’re able to turn your attention to it.
I’ve always thought of productivity as one of my super powers. Up until my late 40’s, I thought the voice of my inner taskmaster was me. I thought pushing myself beyond my limits made me a badass, made me better. No one was ever going to call me lazy.
I know about power outages. I live in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. During fire season, the utility company shuts down power as a preventative measure, sometimes for days on end.
We’ve just returned from visiting family in Australia for the first time since the pandemic and took a side trip to Bali as well. I felt like I could curl up in Bali’s lap and never leave. It was astoundingly beautiful to be with such open-hearted people in a culture that holds spirituality and nature in such an intimate embrace.