The leaves have fallen, the geese are gathering and there is a cold chill in the air. Winter is arriving in New England and once again the season calls on me to slow down and spend sometime inside.
I have always experienced winter as a time of incubation. Not only do I find myself reigniting my interest in indoor activities, like cooking, sprouting and beading, I also find myself drawn more deeply into my Yoga and meditation practice. Essentially I am increasingly drawn inside my “self’ during these long winter days.
With the support of my teacher, students, friends and sangha (community) I continue to discover that introspection is not about hunkering in and trying to figure ‘things” out, but a process of letting go and allowing everything to simply be as it is. It is a surrendering of my fight with reality. My desire to have things be something other then the way they are. It is an acceptance of life on life terms. A releasing of resistance to what is.
It is quite freeing, this process of acceptance. After all things are “as they are” aren’t they? When I relax into this truth, this process, I begin to really feel the perfection of it all. Nothing and no one needs to be other then the way they are. It is sense of grace, a beautiful thing!!!