In this winter season, we get caught up in the frenzy of cooking, cleaning, shopping, knitting and social activities. Many of us find ourselves drained of energy and patience. Rather than enjoying all the action, I notice that I'm becoming more short-tempered, frustrated and, well, just downright touchy over matters that really aren't that important. Breath work, asanas and meditation aren't enough to keep me balanced. And so, I retreat.
We may not be able to lock ourselves away for a week or two, but when you're overwhelmed by the energy around you, take a few moments to move inwards and cherish yourself. Head to your fibre room, your meditation space, close the door and sit for a while. Put aside that holiday knitting for a few hours. Knit, spin, weave or engage in fibre work solely for your own enjoyment.
Most importantly, stop talking. We tell ourselves that words explain, communicate and heal, but sometimes, especially when we are stressed, we use words as weapons or as a means to fill space. We are incapable of listening, of hearing what others tell us or the messages of our inner voices.
This month, consider giving yourself what may be the most precious gift, the gift of silence. A few moments, hours, a day or two may be all you need to focus your scattered energy, and appreciate the wonders around you.
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