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Meditation on Winter

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Great lakes, ponds, and streams freeze over; the earth grows hard and unreceptive. Tree sap stops flowing; even the air becomes dense, slow to move, and heat stealing. Yet, not everything is as it appears to be! 

The pervasive stillness and deep silence of winter are powers every bit as great as are the explosive forces of spring and summer, only different. After all, what is a glacier but a vast frozen river crawling its way through time? Both are forms of water whose unstoppable might can carve their way through solid rock! So, how can we channel this power of winter, and use it to let go of whatever stands between us and the higher life we desire? 

Winter is the time of the year when the forces of nature assume their most passive form. But we are discovering here that passive does not mean powerless!

The better we understand this unique power of being “passive”– and how it serves as the secret consort of all things active – the more we grow in the faith we need to be wisely passive toward whatever fears remain in us about letting go of our false self. This is why, during the dark days of winter, we should take time each day - - as often as possible - - to quietly return to the living Light that dwells in the center of ourselves.

By gathering our attention in this way, and bringing the whole of ourselves into the heart of this interior stillness, we not only collect our own forces, as nature herself is doing, but much more: in this deliberate act of gathering ourselves – and for the conscious sense of quiet contentment we find within it – we are also being released from the false idea that the source of our strength and security can be found somewhere outside us.

Once we start to see, to know in our innermost heart, that Life itself is already complete, we can let go of whatever – or whoever – would have us believe otherwise. 

Old attachments and their long-standing aches are now seen for being what they have always been: appendages of days gone by, worthless to the Higher Self we have agreed to become, and by whose stillness we realize this need for a wholly new valuation of our own soul.

 

Six Meditations for Winter

“If we will only work to remember that we live in a world within which there are an infinite number of stories unfolding – all at the same time – then we will never forget that it is our choice as to which of these stories becomes our life.”

 

“It is the source to which we turn, and from which we derive our strength, that is the real test of our character; for in any moment of trial no one can be any stronger – better or brighter – than what he or she loves.”

 

“We affirm the light of Truth not by professing its powers on sunny days, but in choosing to walk by its light, no matter how faint, even in the midst of our darkest hour when all that we see before us is defeat.”

 

“Whoever fails to try what his heart would have him do because his mind tells him “This you cannot do” fails to hear the ever-present Voice of Reality forever shouting to those who would dare: “No sincere effort ever goes without being rewarded.”

 

“Here is one of the great spiritual mysteries of all time.  Freedom is either found within one’s suffering or not at all; the only thing one escapes when running from pain is the possibility of discovering its purpose and how to transcend it.”

 

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