It is December. We are approaching the Winter Solstice, which is the darkest night of the year, after which the light will return, slowly but surely. We have come to the end of doing and we start a period of dreaming.

In these guided meditation sessions, inspired by the brilliant work of Jaap Voigt, it is my aim to help you connect more deeply to nature and its seasons. Fundamental to understand is that we are a part of nature and nature is a part of us. Therefore, the processes that are happening in nature are happening in you as well. By learning to observe your natural environment closely, you will better understand yourself. We too move with the seasons every year. These meditations will help you to understand what is happening in nature, and therefore in you.

These are 10 to 15 minute meditations, carefully crafted with love. Find a quiet spot and go on a journey into nature. Headphones are recommended. You can listen to the guided meditations on Soundcloud or download them directly from my public folder on Keybase. And for those who like to read what I have shared, I have included the transcript below.

Welcome to the guided nature meditation of December. In these sessions, it is my aim to help you connect more deeply to nature and its seasons. We are a part of nature and nature is part of us. The processes that are happening in nature, are happening in you as well. By learning to observe your natural environment closely, you will better understand yourself. We move with the seasons every year.

Today, I will guide you through a short meditation that will help you to understand what is happening in nature and therefore in you in this month of December.

Take a moment of silence for yourself and find a comfortable seat. And then close your eyes. Make sure your spine is straight and then relax your belly, your chest, your shoulders and the muscles in your face. Surrender completely. Then focus your attention on your breath. Breathe into the areas that feel tense in your body. You can use the breath to surrender to whatever is happening inside of you. Use every inhalation to grow a little taller and to sit up straight. And with every exhalation sink a little deeper, grounding yourself to this Earth. Remember to stay present, remember to stay silent and remember to listen, concentrating on the sensations your body and return back to the breath when you lose your focus.

It is December. We are approaching the Winter Solstice, which is the darkest night of the year, after which the light will return, slowly but surely. To celebrate this time, to celebrate the light returning, make sure you find yourself in complete and total rest. We have come to the end of doing and we start a period of dreaming. In this rest, you will dream of all the possibilities that the new year can bring. No action is required in this time. You have had the time to finish up things and now is the time to drop everything and simply be. If you want to experience this beautiful moment in the year, the Winter Solstice, and what it means in your life that the light returns, be in silence and contemplation.

This is a time to experience the autonomous process of life itself, to allow life to flow through you uninterruptedly and to rest in not knowing what comes next. You do not direct the flow of life, life directs you. This means you have to stay out of trouble or you will lose the strength you need to get through this Winter safely. It means to avoid conflict. It means to retreat. It means that you have to take the high road and not let others get the best of you.

In your expression you are, in this wintertime, in a period of strength and determination. Simply look around you and you will see that everything is stark, strong, resilient against the beating of the elements. Any signs of weakness in this time can result in later consequences, when it is time for you to start growing again in Spring.

Whatever carried no more life in it has now died inside of you and is being purified, it is being turned into the food for the next generations of thoughts, ideas, dreams, wishes and desires. However painful it is to depart with things that no longer suit or serve you, this is a time where surprising insights can come to us, that we did not expect or see coming, and we are invited to simply accept. And although all shapes and forms that you no longer need you have shed, there will still be a beating seed inside of your heart that carries all of the wisdom of this year, and that might just germinate in Spring.

In order to nourish this seed and to protect it, do not ask of it to show itself yet. It is still hidden beneath the surface. Simply follow what happens and do not show initiative. Be receptive, devoted and sincerely humble to life. In this time of deep rest, experience the autonomous process of life itself.

December is a time to look into the bottomless nature of life and consciousness itself. This a time to ask yourself what lies beyond death. And if you dare to step into the Unknown, you will walk the path to wisdom and freedom. Be vigilant and aware of the direction life wants to flow in, and simply follow suit.

Around this time of the darkest night, there is no past or future. There are no decisions to be made, there are no new projects to be started, there is no direction to be taken. Follow what is here already. You simply cannot and do not know yet what kind of person you will be in Spring. You do not know what Spring will bring and how you will feel, so leave it open, do not plan ahead. Stay receptive and allow Nature to speak to you. Take long walks and be in a sense of awe and wonder of the grandness and the greatness of the Universe.

Dare to rest in pure potential, dare to rest in the dream that everything is possible. And that everything remains possible as long as you remain in outer and inner rest. So make sure that your house is in order. Create a safe haven for yourself so you can rest and be in silence. Say goodbye and become transparent. Contemplate and dream and you might just start to see the first glimpses of what wants to be born through you in the next year.

And as we are approaching the end of this session, ask yourself: what do I need to rest in the Unknown? Stay connected. Allow the answer to come from deep within. Simply observe, allowing the words to come to you. Thank you for listening. Let me know how these meditations land for you and please tune in again next month and be in nature as much as you can. If you look closely, you will find nature’s wisdom hidden in plain sight. Allow nature to become your teacher. Namaste.