In our journey through the year, we have reached the darkest month in this part of the world.  The Earth appears to sleep, to withdraw from outward exuberance and growth and take time for rest and renewal. During this time of holiday festivities and activity, we would do well to follow her lead and find time for our own renewal after the effort, accomplishments and challenges of the past year.

While December can be a time when our calendars become even more filled than usual, it is also a time when we are being called by the forces of nature to honor our own needs. It is a time to lie fallow, to allow our busy minds to slow down for a change, to recharge and rejuvenate in preparation for new possibilities that await us. In today’s world we can easily become addicted to activity, productivity, constant noise and speed. December, with its shorter days and waning sunlight, seems to draw us home. We are invited to savor the simple pleasures of warmth and quiet and peace.

As we celebrate the winter holidays and honor the traditions celebrated at this time of year, remember to honor your own need for renewal. Give yourself the gift of time in the midst of all the activities and do something comforting and healing for yourself. Make a commitment to treat yourself with as much kindness and consideration as you treat others during this last month of the year. Take the time to stop, breathe and do something that brings you peace and joy, then radiate this back out into the world. Be part of the return of the light that the Winter Solstice brings. The world needs us all!

Please join me and the amazing women of the Santa Fe Chapter of TTN for our inspiring programs, workshops, and lively events. 

Wishing you all a peaceful and joy-filled Holiday Season!

 “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell
Ellen Wetzel