I have this quote on a post it on my computer at work. I look at it often (ha, you thought I would say daily). I also have a variation of it at home. I have to remind myself of these small words, a lot. Why? Sometimes, we get ahead of ourselves. Especially this time of year, big January plans (talked a bit about this last month). The newness of everything, New Year, new you, new this, new that. Lots of new beginnings; out with the old, in with the new, you get the idea. However, I have to consistently remind myself to, “look where my feet are planted”. So what does that mean anyway? Looking down usually reminds me I need new shoes, but seriously, there is a simple stillness in just being “ok” with being in the space you are in. Of course, if your space (work, home, etc) is unhealthy, unyielding, or making you miserable, well, do what you can to make moves. What if it’s not and you just “feel” like, every time around this time of year, you have to make huge sweeping changes? Here is a radical notation, uh, maybe you don’t. I like the winter season for lots of reasons, not just outdoor winter sports, but the quiet and stillness of the season. There is something beautiful about it. Something needed and necessary. It reminds us to CTFD, get out of our own heads a bit and literally chill. Here are some great winter renewal tips to honor the stillness:
- Clear your space: Clearing your home of clogged up energy is a great way to embrace the winter season and this time of year. It also allows for the energy and flow of your home, work, car (whatever environment) to be lifted of weight. Instead of getting an urge to fill up your space with new items or shopping etc, work with what you already have, when you clear space you can see older items you may never have noticed before and give them new life. Classic feng shui!
- Use what you have: This goes along with the first tip a little; by utilizing items and other things that you already possess, there is no need to “fill up” the space with more, more, more. For example, if you have a book that you got around to reading, before you go out and get another book on the same topic, try to read the one you already own. This practice brings abundance into your life and your wallet!
- Get outside, every day: This tip is critical. Being close to nature, even in the winter (even if it is just for a little while, weather depending), will do wonders for breathing new life into you. It helps to de-clutter the mind, provide clarity and gives you a new perspective. Winter wildlife is quite beautiful in New England, get out and explore when you are able!
- Look: This is part of the statement “look where you are planted”. Often times we forget to stop and look around. What is in our lives that make us truly grateful and happy? Life is hard and can knock us down without warning. Take the time to truly look around, be present and see, with open eyes.
- Share: Share these tips with your family, friends, co-workers. Winter is a wonderful season to renew our spirits and refresh our sense of purpose. Share with others the joys of the little things; a great book, a yummy winter recipe, a walk on the beach (walks on the beach in the winter are glorious!).
Winter is here, take advantage of the slowness of the season, the stillness and get back to the simple things and remember to always look where your feet are planted. Peace and stillness.
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