by Anna Marie Trotman, Director of Integrative Services at The Birth Center

We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws but for potential. 

Ellen Goodman

Be Vulnerable

In the depths of winter, we can forget that bare trees will once again turn to green. Grasses and flowers are hidden beneath a blanket of white or a covering of hardened earth. Nature can be vulnerable to the elements of winter, but she eventually bursts forth in her entire glorious splendor, and the rest of nature is continuing its work at the center of each living thing. Think of your blankets and warm clothes like a cocoon that surrounds a changing caterpillar. This is the time to do your own transformational work.  It’s also a time to allow yourself to be vulnerable, stretch into your potential and spread your wings. In the meantime, the fires that warm you can serve to remind you of the flame that burns within.

Stroke Your Inner Flame

In order to stoke your inner flame, use the time indoors to focus your attention on your home and family. It’s too easy to become distracted by the world outside: work; social activities; going to the gym; and trying to be everything to everyone. These distractions can keep you from what really matters. With all the busyness, it’s easy to forget to nourish the inner light that warms your heart. Devote your energy to building a stronger connection with family, friends and most importantly to self. This bond will sustain you once you’re on a path to realizing your individual goals and full potential. 

Winter is a time to feed the flame in your own center by reading or researching, watching inspirational videos on YouTube, or listening to a TED Talk. These are ways to nourish your dreams and plans for the future. Catch up on all the quieter things you wanted to do but didn’t have time for. Finish reading that book you started last summer!  Maybe you put aside some creative pursuits like painting, writing or photography – activities that can bring you back to your center. It is also a great time to do some journaling to look back on the year that has passed in preparation for forward motion in the coming year. Nature’s wisdom offers us opportunities to nourish your inner seeds of hope in laying the groundwork for your future, so let’s  enjoy the inner warmth and be grateful for it all. 

The Power of Vulnerability with Brene Brown

Every year, many of us resolve to make changes in our lives, but change can be difficult. Even the most dedicated of us need a little support in working through the challenges so we can reach our potential.  

Our Practitioners and Partners have put together a program to inspire and encourage you to keep on track with your health and wellness goals.  We invite you to join us for a little reboot to keep you on track for 2020. 
Join us on January 29th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to meet the practitioners, sign up here.