Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Darkness of Winter Encourages Insights


The darkness of Winter has descended.

For many the long stormy nights of Winter and the proverbial dark night of the soul are uncomfortable.

In addition to being dark, times like these can feel cold, lonely and boring. Whether the dark makes you feel sad, depressed, confused, uneasy or fearful, you may be quick to counteract your discomfort by searching for ways to create more light, companionship, and activity in your life.

Although bringing light to a dark time may alleviate your sense uneasiness, if too much light is brought on too quickly, a magical time of healing and connection is disrupted. In the long run, you'll see more progress if you learn to work with the darkness rather than deny its existence.

The Magic of Darkness

Being in the dark heightens our senses.

* We hear more acutely. As a result we are more likely to catch messages from our intuition.

* We perceive subtle connections more easily because our minds are not cluttered with extraneous details.

* We tap our creativity more deeply. Poems, paintings, and songs are often crafted by people who are wrestling with some aspect of their life.

When you are in the midst of an inner Winter, these are precisely the skills you need to turn your situation around.

Find Comfort in the Darkness

If you find yourself disliking the dark of Winter, create ways to enhance your sense of comfort during these times. Gather:

* A warm, cozy blanket and some big fluffy pillows to create a safe nest for yourself.

* A huggable stuffed animal--a big teddy bear that feels like it's hugging you back is a great choice.

* An array of candles to bring some sacred points of light to your setting.

* A favorite CD or tape with music that moves you.

* A notebook and pen for writing your thoughts as they come to you.

* An evening or day in your calendar that's devoted just to you.

The most productive thing you can do during Winter is nothing. That's right. Give yourself the gift of time to be in solitude with no expectations or pressures to "accomplish" anything significant. Give yourself complete permission to unplug for several hours or several days. Unwind. Take long luxurious naps. Daydream to your heart's content.

The Gift of Insight

You really never know how or when the insights will come, so follow your heart and do what feels best in the moment. Your answers may appear during your retreat or afterwards as you return to your daily life.

Don't push. The gift of insight is not something you can demand or force. Insights come when the time is right.

Your only job right now is to cultivate an environment and state of mind that encourages new, creative thoughts and ideas to come through. Be open and receptive to unexpected answers. Be observant and make note of any new thoughts that occur to you.

Honor the Darkness

With time, you will come to know when your body and soul need some quiet time. You'll begin to sense when something significant is brewing and gestating.

When you feel this feeling, act upon your premonition by creating time and space in your life for some time alone.

Gift yourself with an intentional retreat. Catch the sparks of insight as they appear. Don't rush to conclusions, but allow the outcome to unfold in time as you live your life.

May the darkness that surrounds you be full of sparkling insights this Winter season.

About The Author

Carol McClelland, Ph.D. uses nature's response to the change of seasons to show people how they can make transitions gracefully and effectively. Her book, The Seasons of Change, is available in English and Spanish. Her free Seasons of Change eNewsletter inspires, supports, and guides people in transition and is distributed eight times a year as the seasons change. To subscribe, visit http://www.seasonsofchange.com

carolmc@seasonsofchange.com

650 322 8661


MORE RESOURCES:

International Business Times UK

Romelu Lukaku's 'mentality and motivation' questioned by Mourinho
The Guardian
“Romelu was always clear that in his mentality and his approach he was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea,” Mourinho said in the Daily Mirror. “He wanted to play for Chelsea, but clearly only as first-choice striker ...
MOURINHO: LUKAKU LACKED MOTIVATIONDaily Mail
Jose Mourinho: Lukaku Lacked Motivation to Play for ChelseaInternational Business Times UK

all 787 news articles »


Discover Magazine (blog)

How Chronic Pain Saps Your Mental Motivation
Discover Magazine (blog)
Physical impairment is annoying enough on its own, but the chronic pain is its own distraction – one that makes it hard to focus. It's been known for a while that chronic pain saps people's motivation. And now, a team led by Stanford University's Neil ...
Study reveals brain mechanism behind chronic pain's sapping of motivationStanford Medical Center Report
Chronic Pain Makes Mice LazyLiveScience.com

all 4 news articles »


MiamiHerald.com

Denny Hamlin using NASCAR penalty as motivation
SportingNews.com
Denny Hamlin will try to use the harsh penalty NASCAR issued his team this week as motivation for the six weeks leading up to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. NASCAR suspended Hamlin's crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill for six weeks, ...
Hamlin confident in interim crew chief Wheeler; ready to use team punishment ...Times Colonist
Hamlin Q and A: Penalties Are A Tough DealRacinToday.com

all 15 news articles »


NCAA.com

Rutgers ready to prove prognosticators wrong in Big Ten
NCAA.com
The Scarlet Knights see this as a source of motivation. "No question," defensive tackle Darius Hamilton said. "You can definitely sense that no one is really giving us a chance. They feel like we're really a doormat just to be stepped on, so we're ...

and more »


Lions use title loss as motivation
The Tennessean
Lions use title loss as motivation. Memories of CPA's loss to Alcoa in the 3A finals last year is motivating the team this season. Loading… Post to Facebook. Lions use title loss as motivation Memories of CPA's loss to Alcoa in the 3A finals last year ...

and more »


Ars Technica

Understanding chronic pain's link to depression
Ars Technica
Before the injury, the mice were tested for their motivation to search for and work to get food. After the injury, they were just as interested in food they could obtain with minimal effort. But those with pain gave up much sooner when getting food ...
Chronic pain may rewire the brainHealthCentral.com

all 5 news articles »


Decreased motivation during chronic pain requires long-term depression in the ...
Science Careers Blog (subscription)
1Nancy Pritzker Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, 265 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. 2Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, 655 West ...



How To Stay Motivated For Your Post-Work Workout
Refinery29
A long day at the office can make you want to check out. When even the idea of dragging yourself home seems like the ultimate challenge, how do you get yourself pumped for that visit to the gym — the one you promised yourself you'd make? Even though ...



The Secret of Effective Motivation
New York Times
You might suppose that a scientist motivated by a desire to discover facts and by a desire to achieve renown will do better work than a scientist motivated by just one of those desires. Surely two motives are better than one. But as we and our ...



The Daily Star

Editorial – Was Romelu Lukaku Mentally Strong Enough For Chelsea FC?
The Pride of London
Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho called Romelu Lukaku's motivation and mental toughness in to question but was it a question of that for the striker? Was he unwilling to stay and fight for a starting position because he was mentally weak and gave up ...
Lukaku not highly motivated for Chelsea: MourinhoThe Daily Star
No way, JoseRoyal Blue Mersey (blog)
Does Mourinho hate Lukaku?spyghana.com

all 159 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.