In this time of the year when cold, ice and snow cover the Earth in the Northern Hemisphere, it can feel difficult to believe that warmth and light will ever return. Perhaps you’ve found yourself feeling stuck, and think nothing is happening of any value. The truth is that much is happening internally that is of great value.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus
Allow me to share this personal story.
It snowed last week, and when the snow finally melted a bit, I decided to take advantage of some of sunlight to get out of the house. I took a walk around one of the beautiful glacial lakes here in these Cascade Mountains. What I noticed was that part of the lake was still frozen, while the other half was still flowing. In the part that was flowing, ducks were swimming and searching for plants close to the banks. In the part that was frozen, ice created webbed patterns making it difficult to see beneath the surface.
I watched two men throwing stones into the frozen part of the water. The first man was throwing heavy stones into the icy end making a huge impact at the surface as it descended into the lake. The second man was skipping a small stone across the ice. This made beautiful tones that rang out across the lake. The visual impact and sounds of these stones really stayed with me.
When I shared what I saw with my Science teacher parent, he responded, “We seldom appreciate the wonders of water in winter in its relationship to supporting life. When we see frozen water, it is often associated with an absence of flow and life. But, its unique features allow nature to function properly in the process of change. As an example that many of us would never notice, and might take for granted, is that ice floats on lakes in the winter. What we miss is the fact that water when it gets colder falls to the bottom of the lake. When water gets close to freezing, it then rises to the surface. This causes the ice to form on the top, and in so doing, turns the water over completely in the lake. This turning over moves the nutrients in such a way that aquatic life is refreshed.” Dr. Robert Knodt
The process of inner growth is like that for us, too. It takes diving deep into the unseen, and then allowing time and space for the process to unfold. A heavy stone dives deep. It can be hard at first. Feeling all our feelings, getting in touch with the message underneath can lead to a greater compassion, understanding and forgiveness. When you give yourself the time to go through a process of accessing your inner truth, you come back with greater clarity. It is the process of turning over your inner lake.
Your interior life depends on listening. Subtle or seemingly small encounters, synchronicities or messages in your daily life can change your perspective and renew your energy. This is like the second stone ringing out across the ice carrying a message to inform all of your life. Everything in the Universe can be a messenger. There is nothing too small or insignificant. A newsletter heading, the cashier at Starbucks, or a small gesture of someone smiling or holding the door can make the difference between gloom and bloom!
When you begin to trust the messages from within and realize that the Universe is conspiring with you to build your spiritual self-esteem, doorways open to new possibilities and awareness.
Taking action with the guidance and wisdom you receive will bring balance and more harmony to your life. Every single event, person, situation, reason for joy, pain or grief has, in fact, the potential to lead to a greater expansion of spiritual awareness and connection to nourishment. Through this lens you can begin to see places in your life where you have felt stuck or frozen where your inner lake was turning over differently. When this time comes, spend time and dive deep to create new harmonics for your life.
The time you take for reflection will improve your quality of response to whatever life is presenting to you next. It may feel like it is impossible to take action when you are stuck, depressed or in grief. But, by going through the process of self-care, it is then possible to emerge with greater insight and renewal. Give voice to your thoughts through journaling. draw, dance and play music that helps you feel connected to harmony. Build in a movement practice that incorporates a focus on breath. Read material that will help deepen and expand your understanding. Find a compassionate listener. Eat healthy foods. Spend time in nature. Take inventory of what is good about you! Find a way to go with the flow. Rest and renew.
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