Here on the east coast, it has been snowing steadily all day. We are under a blizzard watch through tomorrow. Tonight is when things are forecasted to rock and roll with high winds, more snow, and decreased visibility. As I peer over my desk, putting the files and piles into the background, I take in the snow-covered trees and am lulled into introspection. The snow covers everything in a clean white. All appears soft and quiet. Mother Nature has hushed me into a reflective and dreamy place.
That said, there is also the reality. The east coast was slammed and seriously harmed with Superstorm Sandy. Now, as we watch the snow accumulate into feet of powdery beauty, we hold our collective breaths that the power stays on and survives the storm. And we are prepared: the bathrub is filled with water; flashlights and candles are at the ready; and we have enough snacks for a small village.
Allow yourself to get comfortably settled into a chair, take easy deep breaths and let your eyes take in the winterized landscape before you. (If you are without one, simply use your active imagination.)
As you breathe in, you quiet your mind.
As you breathe out, you rest your body.
Allow your eyes to grow soft.
Let there be a half smile on your face.
See, sense, feel, or know your active imagination connecting with the landscape before you.
Just for this moment, breathe in stillness,
And release the demands for your time and energy.
Just for this moment, breathe in serenity,
And release the tightness in your body.
Just for this moment, breathe in quietude.
And release the chatter in your mind.
Just for this moment, breathe in peacefulness.
And release the frustrations of the day.
Just for this moment, allow yourself to be …
Be the stillness.
Be the serenity.
Be the quietude.
Be the peace.
And so it is.
Know, in every season, you are loved beyond measure.