Long Winter’s Nap

My recovery from surgery is going really well because I have been asleep. I'm not kidding, I've really been asleep. For days and nights I’ve been snoozing and napping. I feel like a bear in a den, completely quiet inside and content to live with a slow, steady heartbeat and just a few hours of daylight. 
I know this long winter’s nap is a natural way my body has to heal from the trauma of surgery. And I can’t help but wonder if it is also my spirit’s way of embracing the energy of winter. There is nothing better than to create warmth and quiet on a cold day.
The December 2011 Message says: “This is an important time to take very good care of your bodies. It is

an important time to take a deep breath and slow down. If you try

to rush around this month, you might find that you get into accidents

and make mistakes. Because you are not very grounded, you need to

be extra careful to be mindful and thoughtful about your body and the

things that you say and every action that you take.” 
I don’t always follow the advice in the Monthly Message. For better or worse, I tend to have my mind a couple of months ahead because that is the time I am actively channeling. (I just completed the Looking Ahead Message for February 2012 and am excited to share it with you soon!)
Because I don’t always remember to look at the message during the month at hand, I am grateful for the events in my life that have forced me to slow down and pay attention to what is needed this month. For me it’s sleep, quiet reflection, and healing. Healing from surgery has led me to an ongoing state of the long winter’s nap and I love it!
Twas the Night Before Christmas: ?A Visit from St. Nicholas
By Clement C. Moore? 
Pictures by Jessie Willcox Smith
How are you working with the deeper energy this month? With the holidays, it’s not always an easy time to find an extra hour. I hope if you do find one that you spend it doing the thing that most feeds your heart and nourishes your soul. It feels like we are all shifting and preparing for something big, so take this chance to be grounded and rested! 

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  1. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 06:53

    Thank you for this message–and all the other ones! My experience this month is very similar to yours, but without the surgery. I have slowed down to a hibernation level of energy and activity, with very little motivation. It feels good to sink into doing almost nothing, and meditate by the fire, as people have done for thousands of years. I trust that we will rise up with new energy when spring comes–whenever that is within each of us.