As posted recently in a comment by commonweeder, January is indeed a time of needed reflection. In many ways it is also a great gathering of the energies, mental and physical, for the upcoming year’s endevours. Tonight I sit, making an attempt at stillness. I am no Yogi – I am far to restless for that! But at times even I am able to just sit and read. That is not so different, but now I am reading philosophy rather than a “how to” focused non-fiction on gardening or permaculture or renewable energy… i.e. a book that isn’t imminently practical.
This night is brought to me by the Gifts of the Season: noise canceling headphones by Bose from my sister in law’s (to help me write the book with a 5 and 6 year old in the house) and Stephan Harding’s engrossing tale of our animate Earth purchased by my sister, some recent music selections from Windham Hill from myself, and a wife who is upstairs preparing the children for bed.
Sitting in a dimly lit room on a blustery cold Wisconsin evening, the Yule Lights on the crab apple trees out front shining in, a book turning science into poetry in my hands, my ear phones wrapping me in a soul stirring silence punctuated by the lyrical music of George Winston’s December and my body warmed by a fine red wine, I am achieving a deep stillness that is hopefully recalibrating my inner peace… so desperately needed with all the fret and fray swirling about in the Real World. This is a truly fine moment -more so because of the full day spent with the family at home (no errands!).
Thanks for letting me share. And now I will tell the restlessness that moved me to type this to sit still whilst I return to the inner stillness for a bit more.