For eons, celebrations of the returning light have taken place on the Hibernal or Winter Solstice. It is a time for home, hearth, celebration, and an appreciation of life, represented by the evergreen trees whose emerald needles cradle the snow, and whose faint voices breathe into the darkest and coldest of nights, reminding us that though the earth takes pause, life remains everlasting.
There was a time in my life, a predominant time, where the wounds of my past ruled my present. I was afflicted with bitterness, envy, anger, pity, and even hatred, on occasion. These poor wounds, untended and unacknowledged, held me in a constant state of sadness, and sometimes held me in fear.
In the northern hemisphere, the dawn’s quiet glow arrives later and later, and the cool of night greets us earlier and earlier. As the calendar year draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the liminal space between summer and winter, between light and dark.
Nonviolent communication is a process of deep inquiry and empowerment that helps us to be infinitely present and to meet people exactly where they are, not where we want them to be. It is also a process of self-awareness that helps us to identify and name our unmet needs, making more room for self-care and self-love, ultimately helping us to be healthier in every relationship we have.