by Kathy Gates

The time of winter is a time for resting. During the winter everything appears to slow down and appears to be sleeping. Yet within this apparent dormancy some of the deepest growth is occurring. In the winter when seeds lie frozen within the earth they take into themselves all of the earths energy that allows them to grow in the season that fallow. This time is also a good time for humans to do physical healing, by giving thanks for any healing that has occurred and to ask for healing that is needed both for ourselves and for others.

We can choose the type of healing, whether it is for our physical body or healing of the way in which we relate to the world around us. The power of patience that allows all things to grow in their proper way. Accepting life in all its fullness, accepting death in its many forms and acceptance of the necessity of sharing all that has been given to each of us.

Open up your Heart

Start by giving thanks and gratitude for your life and all the people who have shared and have been a part of your life, and then give thanks for their lives too.

Put some thought in all that has been given to you. The air you breathe, the water that quenches your thirst, the earth to walk upon that shares so much with us all. The sun with all its warmth and light. Have gratitude for the roof over your head, the foods that fill our bellies, and for all the plants that give their lives to us so we can eat. Our animal friends, our pets for their unconditional love and companionship.

When we truly open our eyes to all that is ours freely and see all that has been given to us, it is our responsibility to have gratitude but also to give something back, and leave room for more to come. It is a good time to clear out your closets, give away the things you no longer need. Write thank you notes to special people who have made a difference in your life, write down some wonderful experiences you have had and then share it with any who made it possible. Share your knowledge of life with someone. Wash your spirit clean. Leave birdseed or cornmeal outside, giving back to all the animals and birds who share their songs and beauty with us each and every day. Enjoy the winter snows for even the snows give water to us all.

Life is Love in action. What a great experience it is to be alive. Share the Love that you are, make a difference.

Peace and blessings to all, Kathy

++++ About Kathy ++++
Kathy is director of Women’s Spirit Retreat. Read more about Kathy and her work at