We’re getting ready.
Over the river and through the woods
is our holiday landscape of self care:
Soon we'll be sharing music, food, drink with those dear
while those we deem safe enough
we'll greet with arms outstretched,
our palms flexed;
we'll listen to their stories and tell our own next.
Before all this, though, an imperative:
Rest! -- bathe, find comfort in touch, in breath, in sleep.
Honoring spirit, dance, meditate, sing, or sit still.
Spend time out of doors, alone or together
reflecting on what is most precious in darkest winter
moving gently toward the warmth of fellow humans
the light in our eyes
the fire in our hearts,
the us that we are.
Some are resistant to this, they say
we should keep working harder jump higher now now now
and I say
what is so pressing?
to feed a revolution we must be fueled, fortified, refreshed
and with care, we can indeed thrive
as thousand-fold ourselves
So to those
what you will get
and how does this "self-care" benefit everybody
just turn to them and ask
How do you plan on celebrating?
So many ways of getting ready for the holidays!
Here's one: hiking up high with family, where we discovered this snow-cocooned cone, a few hours shy of melting away. This was on the trail last Tuesday after that first snow, Timber Mountain.
Warmest wishes to you this holiday season!