One of my favorite celebrations is Winter Solstice. I look forward to the longest darkest night of the year.

What’s to celebrate about that, you ask? Because I know, starting the very next day, light will begin growing. Incrementally, imperceptibly, degree by degree. So slowly, I won’t even notice it at first. But hope burns bright for coming days filled with warmth and light.

And have you ever noticed that the New Year begins right on the heels of Winter Solstice? Another holiday of hope set in the dark days of winter. A new year filled with promises yet uncovered.

Promises – like seeds planted in the cold darkness of earth.

And so, I’m reminded to be patient. To value the darkness because of what it births. Maybe even value our darkest grief. That doesn’t mean to be thankful our loved one died, or a dream died, or a marriage died. But valuing what can emerge from the grief.

You’re not broken by grief but broken open.

Seeds. Cocoons. The womb. Examples from nature of hope, life, and creativity bursting forth from within.

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that
within me there lay an invincible summer.”
– Albert Camus, philosopher and author

What is within you waiting to burst forth? New healing on this journey? New energy? New dreams? New relationships? New creative ideas? New sense of peace?
The answer is in there. Let’s take time to connect with our Wellbeing within and listen for a response.

1. Getting ready:

Get a notebook or journal.
Choose a quiet place.
Sit in a chair or on the floor. Whatever is most comfortable.

2. Symbolically connect with the dark within:

Turn off the lamps and gadgets.
Use only lit candles or the fireplace.

3. Begin:

Exhale loudly.
Take a deep cleansing breath through your nose, hold for four counts, exhale.
Repeat 3 times.

4. Ask your inner self, your subconscious, your inner Wellbeing:

What is new for me in 2023?

5. Wait:

Write down what comes to mind.
A picture? A word?

It’s possible that nothing will come right away. But don’t worry or fret. When you least expect it, an answer will bubble up.

Ultimately, what many people do is go beyond themselves to find wisdom. 

Perhaps when you begin to awaken some morning. Or maybe you’ll have a dream in the night.
Or a friend will make a comment off handedly and the answer will jump forth.

Trust the process. Something wonderful is waiting to burst forth from your innermost well-of-being – the Wellbeing Within.

Love all around, above, below, to the left and to the right, before you and behind you,

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