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I have a deep and tender heart. When I experience something, I am immediately connected to about 6 layers of meaning for it and in a second I can go down to that depth while also remaining on the surface to talk about it. I think this scares some people sometimes. A lot of people think if they were to dive that deep within their heart and soul they would surely die. There is no way they would dive that deep into the depths of emotion, stories, and wins and losses that are there.

I think that is one of the biggest reasons why I LOVE this time of year so much. It’s a time of year that people who normally stay on the surface of their heart take a longer look. They recognize through the sparkly glitter and gold; life means more than what they had been living the other months of the year. They reconnect with losses and wins from the year. They are remembering times before, and holidays past, and recognizing that things are different. Maybe some even recognize that they are different.

So it is this time of year that I feel most at home. I see people diving in the deep and looking around and finding meaning. I see them living from their true heart, created in love and for love, and they are more peaceful because of it. Their heart returns to reflection.

The cool thing about it is that you can actually learn how to live a deeper life all the time. It doesn’t have to be quartered off to dates on the calendar or a “season of holidays.” We can learn how to dive down into our heart, explore, and then come back up to talk about it.

Yes, there is discomfort involved. It is the discomfort that comes from growth. A different and more powerful discomfort than the daily kind most of us would admit we feel as we swim around on the surface. But anyone who has gone scuba diving will tell you that at some point when you are diving deep, the pressure, the discomfort, and the resistance equalizes. Once that happens, the amount of lightness and calmness down under starts to resemble peace. You will start to feel more comfortable there and you will see you can safely rise up to the surface again. There is power in the peace and wisdom you bring back to the surface with you.

So as the snow falls here and it piles on the earth I am thankful. I am thankful for the depths of my heart that allow me to experience meaning in the moments. They come and pass only one time for each of us, and it is up to me to get it’s best.