Reflection & Contraction

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Leslie Ann Daniels

by William Cowper
I crown thee king of intimate delights,
Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness,
And all the comforts that… the hours
Of long uninterrupted evening know.
Hello and Happy New Year!
After the busyness of celebrating the holidays and closing out the old year, we oftentimes find ourselves, along with our children, experiencing a sense of “tiredness”. The winter season with its cold and bleak days only enhances this feeling. Rather than looking at this feeling of tiredness in a negative way, it’s important for us to recognize it as a significant time of contraction. It is a time for all of us to turn inwardly and reflect within.
Perhaps some of the ways we can help our children through this time of contraction is by doing quiet activities together that do not require a lot of expansiveness. Reading chapter books together, creating a time for educational board games, completing a jigsaw puzzle by the fireside, writing letters to friends and extended family members, singing songs in the evening, drawing pictures for special loved ones, doing rhythmical handwork projects, or just staying close to home are all perfect examples for exploring one’s inner feelings. Then as the “tiredness” wears off, the academics will be easier to incorporate into the school lessons in a more formal manner. Before we know it, springtime and boundless energy will once again renew our lives, and we will be so thankful that we took the time for ourselves and for our children to experience that “quietness” within.
I hope this new year of 2017 brings many blessings to you and your family.