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Winter: A Time to Go Within

Posted on Feb 26, 2015

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Being a native of New England, I have always appreciated the change of seasons. While winter is not typically the most favorite season for many, there is something about the winter that causes me to go within to reflect and contemplate. This is no coincidence as the colder weather itself can cause you to stay inside and sit by a cozy fire. But, aside from the inherent nature of winter weather, it is actually a great time to slow down, reflect and think about where you’ve come and what you’ve learned.

If you have been feeling the need to stay in, slow down and wonder what’s next, you are not alone. This is the perfect time to contemplate. Animals hibernate, so why not follow their lead and honor the rhythmic nature of the Earth and our place in it.

Going within and acknowledging how we feel takes courage. So often, we question our own feelings, especially if they go against where we think we should be. We put so much pressure on ourselves to continue to move forward, achieve more, accumulate more and get to that place of fulfillment. What if this is it? What if you were able to embrace what feel right now without feeling the constant need to change it?

Ironically, it is only when we can embrace what is happening right now, what we are feeling right now that change can truly occur. We force ourselves to move forward only to experience hitting a wall again because we are not able to acknowledge our true feelings in the moment.

It is not always easy to slow down, go within and actually allow whatever we are feeling to come to the surface, especially if they are unpleasant feelings. But, I can assure you that when you take the time and courage to feel whatever is there, you will experience a freedom that allows you to move forward again. I invite you to take advantage of this season and go within, feel what is there for you and reflect. Know that when the dust settles, spring will be ready to sweep you off your feet!

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