By Jill Mattson In snow country, winter brings a season of soft, deep and wonder-filled silence. The snow absorbs sounds, creating silence that feels juicy, thick and almost “holy”. Think to the Christmas carol, Silent Night. Yet, many find comfort with constant noise. The TV endlessly talks. Lawn mowers, traffic and more, continually add noise. We are used to constant sound-chatter. Do we escape silence to avoid feeling alone or vulnerable? Do we hide from our feelings and innermost thoughts? To a screaming mind, silence is unbearable, but silence has gifts for us to explore. A Hindu Master, Sri...Read More
By Jill Mattson A deep layer of snow blankets a pristine winter woods landscape. What a favorite scene for us at this time of year. A beautiful and serene wonder of nature occurs when colorless water paints the world white with the magical frosting of the first snowfall. We have an innate attraction to such natural beauty as it gives us peace, security and joy. Perfect snowflakes are energetic vibrations converted into substance. It is energy frozen into matter and crystallized into pure water. Energy turns into matter and vice versa in the continuous dance of this universe surrounding...Read More
By Jill Mattson The wind whistles, roars and purrs. It teases, soothes, or rips us with cold stabs to match its winter song. Poetic? Yes, but literally and subtly true. As the speed of the wind increases, its pitch rises. A diminishing breeze sings a corresponding lower tone. When the wind dances, its movement speeds up, creating musical glissandos, with its pitch gradually changing like the howling of a wolf. How much fun it is to listen to the melodious voice of the wind. You hear the wind and feel it caressing your skin. It plays with you, as...Read More
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