Winter stills my heart so I may see beauty in a new way. Each day I see magnificent art forms that have formed from the melting snow on a sunny day or the overnight snow fall that clings to the branches of the trees and bushes. This winter has brought extreme cold that is hard to bare for very long but today I realized that soon it will be over.
Spring arrives in three weeks and I will be saying goodbye to the deep stillness and quietness of winter. I realized that I won’t be hearing the crutching sound of the snow as I walk and I won’t have ready made snowballs to throw for our dog. Winter has such a wonderful purpose by providing time to hibernate, to be still, to rest and reflect. Yet, in our busy world, life does honour this quiet time. Instead, in the harshest weather, we insist on moving in the worst snow storms and windy weather when we should be still.
I am blessed now to have this quiet time in my life so I may meditate and relax. It feels good to move in a more harmonious way with winter, a more natural way. Yet, as I listened to a bird singing as I awoke yesterday, I knew the promise of spring was on its way and I smiled. I know I will welcome the warmer and longer days of sunlight and the return of the waves pounding on the shoreline.
But for now, in this present moment, I am grateful for this wintertime with its infinite and changing beauty that I witness each day. Like winter, I am changing, evolving and revealing who I am in my own natural way and feel very grateful for winter’s beauty and the lessons it reveals.
“Timeless thoughts of a winter’s stare;
eyes gazing over a landscape bare.
Memories drift on a blustery breeze;
dying light ushers in the freeze.
Reaching out for a grasp on the present;
stillness sets in, alone, and desolate.
Future unknown, outcome uncertain;
brilliance shadowed by a drawn curtain.
Path now set, laid before me known;
closing light now emanating from home.
Enter my homestead, heart filled with glee;
two eyes of the future peering upward at me.
Trusting in him to forge forward until fulfilled;
Basis of strength, values I have instilled.
A wary mind at last permitted to rest;
reflecting on the realization of how I am blessed.
– Michael A. Barron, Winter’s Epiphany
Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats.