Conscious Choice: Beyond the Gift of Solitude

I love Winter Solstice.  I love the darkness, the quiet, the cold, the hibernation.  I realize I may be in the minority.  I know that many feel relieved when this day arrives because it means tomorrow there will be a bit more light.  I love more light also.  Yet, what I seem to respond to this time of year involves my yearning for spaciousness and solitude.

I love a heavy snow because it stops activity for awhile.

And this year I choose to go to San Diego for an advance StrengthsFinder training and to visit my sister and her family in San Diego and my other sister and her family in Palm Springs.  I just got back two days ago.
 
I created my trip.  And, I had to stay very aware to experience any space, solitude and quiet in those settings!  Several times I had to laugh at myself because hibernation was nowhere to be found!

And, immediately upon returning home, several clients had overwhelming situations and I had to play catch up. 

I have found this practice of staying aware to experience space, solitude and quiet in busy and chaotic situations serves me beautifully.  I am driving slower.  Eating healthier.  Taking more pictures.  Meditating for 10 seconds at a time.  Getting up earlier.  Driving without the radio or phone calls.  And, as I mentioned in the last Sacred Space Notebook, creating a painting daily in 21 minutes or less.

Today I’d love to share with you my painting that depicts fours ways to show nothing.  I loved the assignment, even though I don’t believe “nothing” exists. 

This painting represents four ways I depicted nothing, yet when I look at it, I am drawn into a peaceful and comforting place . . .

This painting represents four ways I depicted nothing, yet when I look at it, I am drawn into a peaceful and comforting place . . .

I invite you to share your own responses and experiences in the Comments section below.

Happy Solstice.  And, Happy New World.

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Ann Strong, founder of Strong from Within and Thriving Coaches.

Author of Thriving Work.


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