Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Lately I've been encountering books, podcasts, movies, and conversations about death. It's a frightening subject, but it makes total sense to me that in the dark, cold months we're faced with the shadows. We have more time indoors to think, read, cook, and otherwise create. Trees shed their leaves and send their energy downwards, into the cold, dark earth. The liminal space of autumn & winter makes for a rhythm of creative energy, genesis. It's also a time to be aware of deaths. All the deaths; our own mortality, and the natural endings that are a part of life.
Life is short, growing shorter every day. We have finite resources of time & energy. Where is your energy? What do you spend your life doing, thinking, creating, saying? If you strip away the ego, the outside world, the expectations of self and others- what do you really want? If you were to face your death tomorrow, what would you hope to have completed in this life? I'm not saying you have to hurry up and accomplish things, because all we really have is the present moment. What are your gifts? Are you using your gifts, and if so, to what purpose? What parts of your life are not serving you? Kiss the superfluous parts of your life goodbye this winter. It's a perfect time for letting go, allowing the earth to transform our compost into fertile soil.
Some things to get you in the mood:
On a Pale Horse
H is for Hawk
What are your gifts?
Are you using them?
How are you using them?
What do you really want?
What are the essential things in your life?
What does your daily life look like?
Do you feel fulfilled?
What parts of your life are serving you?
What parts of your life are not serving you?
Write down the essential things in your life.
Ground and center.
Sing the words on your list list, dance to the rhythm of your list
Finish by giving gratitude & love to your list.
Drink a cup of tea or water to re-ground.