From Annelies & Conduit for Change, LLC
Annelies M. Gentile, MA, ACC
Each season I provide inspiring nuggets of wisdom through my newsletter and invitations to upcoming events. Seasonal teachings help people see their world in a new way and come through both my personal and professional experiences and various indigenous practices. One of which is the Five Elements philosophy of Wu Xing (wŭ ching) which highlights unique nature-based ways to understand and process change, and problem-solve. Find this newsletter useful? Be the gift that keeps giving, share it with a friend! Enjoy!
WINTER : A Time to Explore Possibilities Hidden in Fear
- Winter : Water : Blue : Stillness : Fear
- Spring : Wood : Green : Creativity : Anger
- Summer : Fire : Red : Connectivity : Joy
- Late Summer : Earth : Yellow : Integrity : Sympathy
- Autumn : Metal : White : Acknowledgement : Grief
Winter is related to the WATER element which represents the emotion of fear and informs a sense of power, potential, faith, courage, stillness or movement and wisdom. Through the season of winter, we are reminded to dance with the unknown. When we do this and face the unknown head-on, we're looking directly into the face of fear itself. Doing so changes the fear making it moldable, softer-- and makes us more available to access what's possible. We just need to be present to what is, then act, if action is being called for.
Let's be honest, facing our fear is not something we tend to readily explore. It can be a terribly upsetting and downright scary. Ironically, you may discover that the resistance to explore the unknown is actually stronger than facing fear itself.
Even today, we're facing upsets on an unprecedented level. Everything from fear of the future, to environmental loss and polarized politics. (I'm sure you've heard enough political rhetoric, so I will not go there.) I do however, encourage, welcome, challenge and invite you to draw a larger circle to encompass the importance of cyclical patterns of change which are basic fundamentals of life. Breath in, breath out. Sun up, sun down. Tides in, tides out. We are made from momentous shifts of constant change. Nothing is stagnant. Ever.
I look at it like this... Just like the human body is made of cells working towards the success and highest good of the evolution and survival of the body, what if... individuals act like cells in the "body" of humanity-- also working for the highest and most successful outcome of the greater whole, whether or not we're all conscious of this. It may not look nor feel like what's needed or wanted and yet, sometimes we need a "cold" to jostle things up and strengthen the immune system, help us access a new perspective and creative solutions.
So- let's bring some awareness here and as the day's light changes and temperatures continue to shift, just remember you're an intricate part of nature's dance, in all ways. We cannot remove ourselves from the dance of change. We can only choose how we respond to being moved.
Reflect on Your Life
- How much empty, quiet time do you have in your life to reflect and regenerate?
- What are you deeply committed to?
- What are your sources of power and courage?
- Where and how do you give your power away?
- If you faced your fear, what might be freed or called to take action?
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Annelies M. Gentile, MA, ACC
For more than 23 years I've been challenging and inspiring people to live and work at their best through visionary practices that transform the status quo and tease out extraordinary human potential. I hold a Master's in coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health, studied conflict transformation and peace-building in Switzerland's European Graduate School, and am certified with the International Coaching Federation.
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