December 14th, 2010

As some of you may know, I come from the Mammalian tradition, and this is the time of year we like to slow down and rest. Our ursine cousins are quite adept at this, and we would do well to follow their lead.

Here in the northern hemisphere the nights are long and dark, and our genetic predilections encourage us to turn inward – to light the candles or a fire in the hearth and curl up with a good book, a good scotch (or cup of cocoa), and a good friend. This goes counter to many of our current cultural patterns and can make navigating the push/pull of the winter season challenging.

These days it is dark when I rise, and dark when I arrive home from work. It’s been cold and rainy here in the Bay – the ginkgos have dropped their leaves and there is no birdsong in the mornings. The natural world here is quiescent.

What if we, as leaders, were to follow the natural cycles of our regions? What if, instead of rushing madly from activity to activity, we were to slow down, to brew a cup of tea, to sit quietly with ourselves or an elder neighbor around the corner?

This is the season of rest. Of respite. A time for listening to the rhythm of our heartbeats and for remembering our connections to each other and the world.

Here at Rockwood we’ve had a full and satisfying year, and I am grateful for your companionship on the journey. This rounds out the 3rd year in my not-so-new role, and I’ve learned and grown a lot. Thank you for your feedback, your support and your willingness to work hard in collaboratively creating a world that is equitable, balanced and joyful.

I wish you great grace as we move toward the Solstice. May the coming year be rich and full. May you be well, and may you find your heart’s desire.

From my heart to yours.

December 2010

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