Time management tips are not just about efficiency – they are key to celebrating your vibrancy. When winter drags you down, why not ride the inner and outer rhythms of midwinter like waves, savoring your time as well as enjoying a new level of effectiveness?
It’s time to explore your midwinter rhythms, so you can develop the art of creating just the right rituals for yourself, and making them part of your life.
Dancing Into Your Midwinter Rhythm
As winter wears on, you may feel hemmed in and easily distracted. Consider this as the impetus to provide yourself with 3 priceless gifts:
1. Gift #1: Inner Harmony
Achieving inner harmony is the gift of listening to your body, mind and spirit. You develop a sensitivity to how your needs shift from season to season. In midwinter, for example, you might crave fresh ideas for your mind. Yet your body needs more time to rest and resist the onslaught of winter-related ailments. Your spirit, however longs for time to review lessons of the past year, and then turn towards spring to welcome them. So provide yourself with everything you need to transition with grace and balance.
2. Gift #2: Crafting a Ritual
By providing yourself with a consistent series of time choices that nourish your health, ground you, and spark your intuitive wisdom, you build a bridge between who you are today and the potentials you wish to attain.
3. Gift #3: Manifesting Your Strengths Through Ritual
Present yourself with the priceless gift of following through. Build these rituals into the very architecture of your day-to-day life. And when you do this, you experience your power on a visceral level and demonstrate your self-loyalty.
Exercise: Give Voice to Your Body, Mind and Spirit
To clarify how to make your midwinter ritual more fulfilling, complete these sentences:
In The Middle of Winter:
I can never find enough time to _______________.
I know I’d be so much more effective if I could ___________.
To balance my energies, I feel I need more __________.
Do other insights pop up? Write them down! Or you may wish to pose other questions to yourself. Notice what surfaces as you fill in the blanks.
Your Midwinter Ritual Will Be Unique
What do your answers reveal to you? Are you discovering that you need more time with loved ones, a portion of each day to look inward, or renewed focus to catch up on paper-work? Now that you have identified exactly where you need your support, envision a time choice that will help align your energy with midwinter’s demands and opportunities.
For example, maybe you routinely work late into the night on projects at home. It seems next to impossible to disengage. Consider crafting a ritual expressly to wind down at the same time every evening as you clear your work area. Next, you might take five minutes to savor a cup of tea. And perhaps you’ll cap off the day by reading a few pages of a book you enjoy.
One of the most powerful rituals for reviving potential is to create a gratitude journal. In this, record 3 things you feel genuinely grateful for. Note how this regenerates attitude and energy over time.
Try envisioning your ritual as a series of stepping-stones. Each stone is a distinct action step shaping the path for your new ritual. Be sure to craft this passage of time to nourish yourself on many levels. Include elements that evoke ideal moods through music, fragrance, tastes and sensations.
Rituals Gain Strength Through Regular Participation
Now you have identified key points for yourself and have created a plan. As you continue to develop your new ritual, you mobilize yourself to enjoy a more productive and flowing midwinter.
So, are you ready to empower yourself this year?© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.