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This Week's Letter from Dana:
Hello beloved ones,
Happy December! One more month before we call 2020 a wrap- WOW!
How do you want to complete your year?
What are you most hopeful for these last 31 days of the year?
As we enter the season of darkness and stillness, it is the perfect time to do what many don't often choose to do- get quiet and go within. Nature, right now, is giving us permission to slow the pace of life, hunker down, and embrace the gifts the darkness brings.
Though this holiday season will likely not hold many of the people and traditions we count as most dear, my hope for each of us is to replace the normal hectic, long holiday to do lists, crazy busy shopping & ugly sweater parties with permission to rest and simply be. I invite you to join me in making a "Holiday to BE List" this year. Get out a journal and write this question: 'How do I want to be this holiday season?' I implore you to choose life affirming ways of being; joyful, grateful, jolly, generous, loving, thoughtful- the list is long. Set your mind and heart to that way of being and know that is enough; that you are enough. It's not our doing or buying, cooking, decorating, or entertaining that makes us or the season special, it's our essential nature. Your precious essence needs tending and restoration; body, mind and spirit. So go easy with your precious self this holiday and what you might think it should be.
Let us take a page from Mother Nature's playbook this winter. She takes time to rest and we are called to follow her lead into quietude and reflection. Winter, darkness, this global pandemic, can feel like endless, almost like ground hog's day. Yet all things do eventually end and this will too. Let us use this time to shore up our inner resources, plant the seeds for 2021, and simply let go, awaiting spring's new growth. A Buddhist teacher, Stephanie Noble, speaks to the power of the darkness in a way that I find beautiful & provocative.
“Dark is the rich fertile earth
that cradles the seed, nourishing growth.
Dark is the soft night that cradles us to rest.
Only in darkness
can stars shine across the vastness of space...
There is mystery woven in the dark quiet hours.
There is magic in the darkness...
We are born of this magic.”
Let us use these days of darkness to unleash our magic!
You are loved,
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