- Published on Sunday, 06 January 2013 19:38
- Written by Donna Mazzitelli
Happy 2013 to all! Maybe because of all the "end of the world" concern in late 2012, this year feels even more full of possibility. I definitely can feel the intense energy of the new year all around and even within myself. As much as I try to stay grounded and centered, I have been picking up on some of this frenetic "new year energy." What do we do with all this frenzy? Where do we channel it? How do we tame it? Do we grab on to any of it or attempt to let it go?
Because it's January, I've been giving a lot of thought to resolutions, intentions and goals. Most of us want to hit the ground running on January 1st. Many of us even made plans for 2013 in the latter part of 2012.
But when we look to nature, it speaks of a different approach to this time of year. Some animals are hibernating; others are living off the food they stored away in the fall. Grasses, plants and trees are dormant, resting quietly in the cold of winter. I see and hear birds in my yard, but they are not as plentiful as in the seasons of spring, summer and even fall.
I definitely have things I want to accomplish this year...to publish my first "solo" book; to launch Merry Dissonance Press, the publishing company I am creating with my business partner, Jordon Holiday; to offer quarterly retreats that connect us to our creativity within the cycles of nature; and more.
Yet, I know that some of these intentions will take time to make manifest. Some need further development, planning, collaboration, and time to incubate. And that's what winter reminds me--to allow for the development of new ideas, to invite contemplation and introspection, to honor the time before the planting of new seeds, and to even hibernate with what I want to bring to life.
Winter is the time when much is happening underground, when life is in many ways hidden from view. All is not dead, though. It simply lies in dormancy. There is much taking place that we cannot see. Animals will give birth to new life in spring; trees and plants will bud and bloom. By summer all of nature will be in its radiantly abundant glory.
I am trying to take a lesson from nature during this wintertime by continuing to make my plans and envision what I want for myself, seeing how I want to serve others in this coming year as well, but I am focusing on taking a slower, more intentional approach. As I create my vision for 2013, I am giving myself the opportunity to pause--to reflect on the past and to really feel into the present. I am giving myself permission to go slower and take time to nourish my body, my mind, and my essence. I am honoring myself by being gentle.
Yes, I definitely have plans. And yes, I definitely have an expectation to bring these ideas to fruition. But I am enjoying this time of chats by the fireplace, candlelit meals, and the snuggle and embrace of a warm handmade shawl around my shoulders.
How are you nurturing your own creativity this winter?