The final leaves are falling here in Silver Spring. If you go out in nature or inside yourself, you can feel the world slip into the quiet envelope of winter. The mind might interpret it as lethargy or just "meh," but this feeling is often a gentle invitation into a sense of nothingness—an exquisite release from perpetual doing.
There's a beautiful opportunity to pause and reflect on our radiant being in this season of festivities, marked by celebrations of light amidst the year's darkest days. But sometimes the holidays’ busyness can overshadow the quiet sanctuary of rest. The question I like to ask is, “what's accessible now?” A nap, full night's sleep, or silent meditation may seem ideal but could be out of reach. Instead, listen for a fleeting moment of quiet, take a 2-minute break from the newsfeed, or just gaze at the wall. These moments too hold the potential for replenishment.
Ever wondered about your nervous system during moments of rest? These pauses in our day where we balance out the rhythms of activity play a crucial role in keeping our nervous system within the window of tolerance. It's a gentle, loving gift we can offer ourselves, especially as we prepare for the winter ahead.
Here's a simple practice suggestion: Imagine a robust refueling element of nature standing behind you (like a sturdy oak, big mountain, flowing waterfall, or a kind and loving Polar Bear). Let its soothing presence cradle you for a few breaths. Feel its strength infusing you with renewed vigor for a few more breaths. Return to this as needed.
Equip yourself with DIY self-care tools useful for calibrating the energy of this season. Check out the kidney and urinary health workshop on December 16, as well as the Back Release and Chakra Balancing webinars at the Wellness Hub.
May you find moments of rest throughout your day, leading to a restful way of being,
Acupressure, Family Constellations, Nervous System Regulation, and Shamanic Healing
I am an acupressurist, educator, and practitioner of complementary medicine. My background in literature, teaching, and Yoga Nidra informs my wellness practice. My approach is personalized and holistic, tailored to each individual's unique needs and goals.