The power of reflection
"Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful." - Margaret Wheatley
Last night I arrived in Houston for a two week vacation with my family. On the plane I took some time to reflect on how I wanted to spend these next two sacred weeks. My sister is undergoing a severe surgery and the only thing I want to do is sit by her side and take care of her.
In the last month there has been an intense desire to go inside and reflect. I've been pulled deeply into slowing down and journaling. I keep removing things from my to-do list, but it feels much more like self-honoring than procrastination (although I did have to tame the tiger in my head a few times attemping to make me believe otherwise).
If you've felt the same you've tapped into the natural latent cycle of winter. The long dark nights and cold temperatures invite us to burrow down and turn inside. This is the season of dormancy, of slowly letting the old die off to create space for the new.
I encourage you to take some time off in the next few days during this potent time. Review the year that has passed and ask yourself what is trying to emerge in the year to come. Get quiet and listen deeply to where your desire is pointing you to next.
What do YOU want to create and become in 2017? Where in your life do you want to evolve?
Last year I wrote a blog post with some journal inquiry questions to ponder for the Winter Solstice. I highly recommend carving out some time to write your answers to move more intentially into this next year. And in these next few weeks, stay connected to what matters most.