“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.” Edna O’Brien
There is a moody magic to winter with its extremes of brisk windy days and calm still days. Perhaps because the northwest is my birth place and is “in my genes”, I find cloudy days and rain bring comfort. Though there is much going on around us that is upsetting, stirring the energies of our hearts and minds, try tuning into the winter message to go within, find your own stillness, make time to allow yourself to rest and incubate dreams and actions for the new year and prepare oneself for what the new year brings.
Animals know far better than we do how to honor the shifting energies of the seasons, using those shifts for their own well-being. Some animals hibernate in winter, especially in colder climates, some semi-hibernate, coming out on warmer days to restock winter stores, clean house, and get a little exercise, those who stay active all winter sense the weather changes and behave appropriately, bedding down for a cold winter’s night or storm. A matter of survival? Perhaps we need to learn from them for our own survival! Instead, most of us ‘soldier’ on at the same pace, winter, spring, summer & fall!
Wishing you peace and love however and whatever you celebrate during this mid-winter time!
In my last post, Nature’s way & a few mandalas!, there are listed other posts for the Solstice.
The previous post, Decking the halls – wandering thoughts on seasonal decorations, lists many Christmas posts.
Spice up, warm up, your winter days! is good for self care and warm coziness through the winter!
I also highly recommend a blog post from Amadea Morningstar, a person who has been a mentor and Ayurvedic health practitioner in my life. It is a thoughtful piece to consider during these dark days of winter and challenging times, especially as we move to a new year: Moving into the new with intention and the five elements.