I love the invitation of this time - to pause, to turn our eyes inward. It is the Ma (the Japanese concept of a space between two things, a pause or emptiness) at the bottom of the exhale before the next inhale begins.
This pause or emptiness is the space that allows us to release those things that no longer serve, those things we’ve been holding too tightly or wishing to be different.
I think I am drawn to this time because it is an invitation of stillness and being, rather than a space of doing. In my outer life, I hear the continuous drumbeat of doing - and feel the pressure of productivity and performance.
Here in the quiet of this inward pause, I reconnect to a deeper sense of self, a renewed sense of what is important to me and what I want to live into.
Here in this pause, it is easy to connect to a sense of gratitude and abundance, to a sense that who I am is enough, to a sense of purpose and truth.
That truth comes in the form of images. And I track down the Bible verse that it brings to mind:
“Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world....”
Matt. 5:14, The Message
I am aware that the winter solstice holds just that promise - the promise of more light.
And so we turn inward, to let our inner knowing bubble up to consciousness, to be still with what is here in this moment, to set an intention to take with us into our next inhale and into our awaiting future.
May it be so and blessings for the new year.
What invitation awaits for you in the quiet stillness? What are you wanting to live into in the coming year?
Jessica Curtis is a professional life coach who helps people cultivate intention and live from a place of meaning and authenticity. If you think you could benefit from working with Jessica or want to invite her to work with your group, reach out to start a conversation.