December 8, 2010 - 10:11am
Well I have plunged into this time of year with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, by including a major move. I have moved into a house after years of being pretty nomadic (or recently in a small apartment) and in with a dear-heart man after years of living (happily!) alone.
I am reminded that along with the joys of family and partnership, of celebration, excitement and hard work, I need balance. I have made little time and know I need to (and will) make more for for creativity (writing, reading, letters to family and friends), being out in nature (hiking, on my horse), and just sitting in the morning sun with my coffee.
Taking care of body, mind and spirit includes soothing physical exercise and the challenge of moving way too many boxes of books with massage and morning stretching; and of finding new organization & routine in the the midst of change. Equally, this time of year and the new life I have been gifted, means allowing my heart and soul to soar joyfully and in wonder at all the gifts that each day provides, while acknowledging any anxiety as jobs are left and old ways of being in the world are subtly altered.
Even without personal changes, this time of year can be stressfull and demanding. I endeavor to stay centered, use the arts of talk with my soul, exercise in the real outside air and give myself planning and organizational structure to the extent possible, letting go of that which I cannot control.
How do you manage change? stress? newness?