Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Time for Renewal

Every year, between Christmas and New Years Eve, I find myself becoming reclusive and retreating into my cave for some much-needed respite.  It's nice to have quiet time to slip in a little extra journaling, prayer and meditation.

As 2011 draws to a close, it's easy to see and feel the shifting energy in the atmosphere and on the planet.  The crazy-making frenzy of holiday shopping has passed.  The looming "new years resolutions" are ahead of us.  But this delicious in-between time is a wonderful opportunity to pause and just be.  Hot tea or cocoa, a few emotional Lifetime Network movies, yummy (and high fat) snacks and a little house-cleaning purging all round off my week of getting back on track.

The kids in the neighborhood are savoring their month of running free from teachers, homework and sports practice.  Meals are impromptu and unstructured.  The weather is cold enough to put on a few logs in the fireplace in the evening.  It's a fabulous time of decadent rest, relaxation and reconnection with family and the home hearth.  It's also a good to let go of what "was" in 2011, in order to prepare for the lovely what "will be" in 2012.  Many of my family and friends have put aside past squabbles in favor of coming back together in anticipation of the potential love fests coming in the new year.  Even Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth have reunited for a new tour in 2012!  If they can do it, we can too!  God bless and enjoy this middle place.

MiChelle Jeneen
Spiritual Teacher & Writer

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