Today marks the beginning of a season of slumber, the winter solstice. The cats remind us that in times past, bare-limbed trees, long nights, and the biting chill of winter signified to all that the time had come to slow down. Humanity emulated the animals, retreating into cozy dwellings where they sustained themselves on foods harvested late in autumn and passed the time in peaceful reflection. Living in a warm climate, most people proceed through this period of time ignoring the profound effects that not being in rhythm with the natural cycles has on their bodies.
Many animals would not give birth in the springtime if it were not for the period of dormancy that is the gift of this season. Their example can inspire us to use this season of slumber to cleanse ourselves of spiritual and emotional detritus so we may emerge refreshed and renewed when spring arrives. Allow the cats to help your body articulate the desire to rest, daydream, lay in the sun, reconnect with nature and regenerate. Honor and respect the natural gift provided for us to give it a rest.