What’s Happening {When It Seems Like Nothing Is}

Feather, old-style vector

I noticed a different energy yesterday as I ran errands in the 14 degree chill of Upstate New York. A sense of impatience in the supermarket parking lot. A weariness in the shoppers milling about in the produce department.

A hunkering down. A pulling in.

There’s no denying it — we’re in the deep part of winter now. It’s when time can feel as frozen as the ground, as suspended as a feather floating slowly in midair.

Even though the pace of life seems to go hurtling on no matter what (hey, we have electricity, 24/7 everything, devices for every available moment and location, why stop?!), the sheer intensity of cold and nature’s inertia still pulls on us.

And that’s not a bad thing.

There’s a reason there’s a season for everything. We need time to sleep. We need time to dream. We need time to stop producing so that when we go back to producing, there’s light and space and air to let new things emerge.

In truth, there’s always something going on under the surface. Even as we sleep, cells are dying and being born, air is moving in and out of our lungs, blood is pumping through our veins and arteries.

The question is, can we trust the quiet? Can we lean into the wisdom of cycles, of changing rhythms, of the something that exists in the nothing, and vice versa?

Truthfully, we all show up in a variety of seemingly dualistic ways:

active/passive
confident/questioning
bold/reticent
caring/self-serving

Each of these has a place. It’s the yin to the yang, each a piece of the whole that makes you who you are, that keeps the world spinning in its orbit. Some bulbs and trees get planted in the fall so they have all winter to acclimate to being in the ground, while others wouldn’t survive and need to wait until spring’s thaw.

How do you acclimate to the changing rhythms of the season? Do you allow yourself space and freedom to hunker down? And if not, how does that serve you, truly? (That’s not a sarcastic or judgmental question — it may in fact truly serve you and I’d love to hear how/why).

Please share your insights, aha’s and challenges.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Virginia
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 18:56:23

    Hunkering down is good as it gives you the time and space to either do things you’ve been putting off or to examine more closely things you still want to do. I like your reminder of how we are dualistic – and that’s just part of being human.

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  2. therestfulheart
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 19:03:57

    “…or to examine more closely things you still want to do” is the part I think I resonate with the most. Duality/non-duality are two sides of the coin of life — we need to remember that one can’t exist without the other, and that neither nullifies the other either. Thanks, Virginia!

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