New Moon Magic

by | Dec 12, 2023 | General, Reflections & Celebrations

   During the new moon of December, it becomes increasingly important to cultivate gratitude for the resilience of life.  I am utterly impressed with the strength of perennial plants that brave the storms of winter, not to mention the animals that do so.  Beavers, squirrels, deer, moose, birds, and many more do not hibernate and must endure the winters of their region.  My heart goes out to these incredibly tough organisms that find ways to survive through the winter.  And of course, we mustn’t forget to acknowledge the people that do not have access to homes, or are struggling to keep warm. 

   Winter is a beautiful white sword that demands life to go within deeply to draw on reserves and resources for survival.  Many of us are well sheltered and have adequate warmth today, but none of us in the northern temperate regions can ignore the elements of winter entirely, even with all of our access to modern comforts.  At the very least, we become challenged by weathered roads, the expense of heating our homes as well as the expense of quality food that has usually been grown and transported from elsewhere.  Many of our usual activities reduce or pause, which can lead to more time indoors.  We can also be susceptible to seasonal depression due to less exposure to sunlight.

   This is where gratitude for everything we have becomes a significant antidote to some of these seasonal challenges.  Cherishing any botanical nuance, be it last season’s crumpled leaves or wrinkled berries that might still be clinging on to branches is an art of its own.  Appreciating the sound of birds in the distance brings a lightness to our hearts.

   Gratitude is my superpower that transforms my current experience into something with much more perspective, clarity and appreciation.  It can bring an already good experience up to a wonderful one, and it can lend a bad experience insight and manageability.

   Shining a light on everything that is going well is an important practice in cultivating inner peace and happiness.  Having gratitude for the big things as well as the little things in life can go a long way in creating the peace we like to see in the world.  

   I am so grateful for the clean running water at my tap, for the warmth of my home, and for the food that I have access to.  I am so grateful for my friends and family.  I am also grateful for all of the natural world that persists through winter and reawakens in the spring, bestowing a sense of resilience and hope for the renewal cycles of life.

   How can gratitude transform your life on this day?