Things slow way down on the farm in winter. The pace settles into a gentle, determined rhythm... and to that steady beat, you do all that you must... and, sometimes, little else.
It is time to pull close to the fire.
It is an introspective season.
This year, winter is at my doorstep and has been for several weeks, despite what the calendar proclaims, and yet, I am still a bit frenzied and frantic. I have learned over the years that I become scattered and unfocused if I do not maintain certain practices. Because of the demands of the farm these past few seasons, I have sadly neglected the following healthy habits: a daily walk in nature, yoga and meditation.
Sometimes, people suggest that I have been "shot out of a canon" because I spring to life each morning and tackle my tasks with energy... but without the quiet moments of reflection so abundant in walking, yoga, and meditation, I notice that I can be quite busy, scurrying about, and yet not accomplish much. Sometimes, my thoughts dart about as I try to listen to someone I care about, which troubles me greatly. I need to take a deep breath.
This winter will be my season to re-establish my commitment to quiet moments, to slow food, slow living, and deep listening.
Note to self:
Breathe slowly and listen.
Breathe and slowly consider.
If you must speak,
speak slowly and gently.
Then be quiet.
Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.