Winter Season, Storms, and Breaking Open
There is something I would like you to remember: disturbances awaken us to our total capacity, to the strength within us and to our mortality. They turn us to the path of possibility over probability, as the shell of the familiar breaks. If you were within the reach of Sandy, I hope you have what you need. If it opened your shell -- your compassion shell, your life-loving shell, environmental-urgency shell, whichever shell -- I hope you might remain that way, keep that opening.
As we move through this winter, it is important to avoid following the mind into the anxiety that often accompanies this season with its swiftness and cold. Instead, be grounded, seek stillness and inner strength. Choose activities that are calm and warm in nature. Contemplate all you have, practice yoga, befriend those who are in the winter of their lives, or play with your dreams to connect to your deep, incredible potential and the magic of our world. Those who remain connected and in balance will be more able to preserve the beauty of their personal life and the world that we share.
"Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up. The earth must be broken to bring forth life. If the seed does not die there is no plant. Bread results from the death of wheat. Life lives on lives. Our own life lives on the acts of other people. If you are life-worthy, you can take it." - Joseph Campbell