Honestly, up until just a few hours ago I was NOT ready to say farewell to this winter! I'm just saying...
For days, I'd been trying to wrap my mind around the thought of not feeling the cold air on my face, or having to tuck my scarf tighter as I walk down the steps pulling the gate behind me. Am I really ready to see my exposed toes in flip flops? I was trying to motivate myself to be excited about the change of season; the New Year! I looked at images of spring on Google. I have to admit, it got a little excited. Although, at times I do feel a bit tired of being weighed down by the scarf, sweater, my coat and Uggs. Am I ready to fully shed the bulky winter gear? Not totally, not yet. I'm not sad or anything of the sort. Actually, it's quite the opposite. I'm blessed to work indoors/at home. Many others do not have that luxury. Most times, I'm secretly amused by the frustration of the collective consciousness about the weather. I find it comical, the complaints about the cold, then the complaints about the warmer temps...In any event, Spirit is simply urging me to be still for as long as I need to be. I acknowledge and accept that I personally could use a bit more hibernation time in order to feel fully recharged; mind, body and spirit.
On the other hand, my aloe vera, oxiilas and Christmas cactus plants on the bedroom window ledge have all been in full bloom for the last three weeks! I've been lovingly admiring and enjoying their performance from winter dormancy to springing to life. Their radiance may also have to do with them sitting in a southern facing window where they receive tons of sunlight all day.
For me, 2013 was no cakewalk for sure! We moved into a new three story live/work space. I hit the ground running; vending more that I'd ever experienced in my whole three decades as a business owner and I just did not stop until it started to snow consistently. Well there was that one night where I was solo, dragging a suitcase full of my Ancient Blends products and a big shoulder bag through the snow covered streets of Harlem. I was a bit lost, just got off a bus and a train from Brooklyn... making my way to a gig in a snowstorm lol! I turned out surprisingly well!
ITS ALL GOOD!
All in all, I welcomed winter with opened arms, a fluffed up pillow and several Netflix series lol. I rejoiced at every meteorologist report of a predicted snow storm, blizzard, etc. If you asked me, I would still welcome a few flurries, another snow storm or two before the winter says a final Ashe'. It's going to take more than a few calendar months (with holidays and other hustle/bustle going on...) for me to be satisfied. I'm not convinced that even my soul is fully rested. I need the BALANCE. I love, honor and celebrate the very essence Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall. I truly love and welcome the warmth of the spring. I am a child of the sun...born in the carribean. So I WILL venture out slowly. I WILL appreciate the many facets of this seasonal transition as Mother nature transforms. I INTEND to transform my inner and outer temple to match her.
I WILL emerge as a sprout unfurling from a seed, peacefully and purposely outstretching my limbs to the warmth of the sun for new growth and development...in divine time.
HAPPY SPRING! HAPPY NEW YEAR!