With the Winter Season ©Deborah Barr
Humans are intimately connected to the environment and
nature. By listening to what nature is telling you and
following her cues, you can become happier, healthier, and more
peaceful. During the winter months, nature is in her resting
season, more quiet and withdrawn. Likewise, it is a time for
you to go inside yourself, to be more still and reflective. In
the same way that nature is going through a natural cycle of
change, you, too, are experiencing this cyclical change
internally as well. Don’t be fooled by the stillness of the
season. Winter’s power is deep! It is time to conserve energy
and resources in preparation for the rapid growth that occurs
Anxiety, negativity, fear, and depression
can become intensified
during this sensitive season. These, along with lethargy,
irritability, and an inability to express ourselves, and physical
coldness are showing an imbalance within you in your ability
to transition and adapt to this colder, wetter, darker season.
The wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine understands this
phenomena and offers many tools to regain your equilibrium
and emotional stability,
and maintain a happy, healthy body/mind/spirit through any
seasonal or life transition.
is the time to relax, slow down, rest, nourish and nurture
yourself. Devote more attention to your inner needs and creative
side. This is a time for completions, cleaning out mental
and physical clutter, endings, going inside yourself and
honestly looking at what you need to let go of in order to
blossom and experience growth in the spring. When you
are too full of clutter, chaos (and the past), there is no
room for newness, freshness, growth in your life. Now is the
time to LET GO of everything and everyone that does not support
your health and happiness.
The shorter, darker days are difficult for some. It's an
opportunity to find your own light. What are the bright
spots in your life? What brings you joy, makes you happy?
What is working well for you? What does darkness mean to
you? Why is it uncomfortable? Answering these questions
thoughtfully and honestly will help you turn on your own inner light switch, elevating your
moods and your energy.
- try cross country or downhill skiing, ice skating, or why
not build a snowman? Take regular walks and enjoy the quiet
beauty of winter. You can be outdoors in any season as long
as you are dressed appropriately. Exercise, especially outdoors,
can be both physically and mentally invigorating and uplifting.
your imagination. Write the story of your ideal life. Be specific,
detailed, creative. Get excited about this. Exercise your
mind daily by focusing on your vision for your life, and write
a step-by-step action plan for actualizing your dreams. Plant
new mental seeds and watch them blossom in the spring.
a GRATITUDE JOURNAL. Thats right! Start making a list
of everything you are grateful for. Start with the basics
- your life, family, friends, for fulfilling work, your home,
your health. Add to this and read it daily. Cultivating
an attitude of gratitude can be very uplifting and will create
an opening within you to have more of what you want manifest
in your life. What you focus on MULTIPLIES. If you are constantly complaining
and whining to yourself and others (about anything) you will
attract more of what we are complaining
about. There is no separation between thoughts and reality.
Discussing your problems with someone with the intent of
finding solutions is always a good thing, and not the same
a LAUGHTER JOURNAL - very simple! Carry a notebook with you
throughout the day and jot down everything that makes you
laugh (smiles count too). Keep a JOURNAL of thoughts, feelings
about yourself and the nature of life.
candles, scents (aromatherapy ) can all create a more pleasant
environment. Perhaps this is the time to start taking the
music lessons youve always talked about or writing that
book thats in your head. Plant a winter indoor garden
or visit a florist shop. Why not take a yoga or meditation
class, learn to dance or see a play. GET INSPIRED ABOUT SOMETHING
OR INSPIRE SOMEONE ELSE. This may be a good time to start
some deep body therapy to get at deep emotional levels and
have difficulty adapting to the colder, darker days, there
is something out of balance. 5,000 year old traditional
healing arts teach that
diet has a profound effect on our body/mind/emotion. Foods
that cool the body are fruits, sugar, tropical foods, coffee,
alcohol, raw food. You may want to minimize or eliminate these
and add more hearty cooked bean and vegetable stews, grain
dishes, miso soup, cooked root vegetable dishes to activate
internal heat. Sugars, (including fruit sugar), alcohol, chemicals,
additives and preservatives have a strong negative influence on
mental/emotional state. Try a few weeks without them
if youre feeling anxious, nervous, fearful, depressed,
negative? Find something healthy to replace them and it will
are many natural solutions to physical/mental/emotional difficulties
from nutritional therapy to herbal medicine, aromatherapy and massage.
Seek the guidance of a
qualified holistic health care professional.
WINTER is a withdrawing, dormant, thoughtful time. Your
natural tendency is to slow down in rhythm with the
seasons and tend to inner needs. Doing so will create harmony within
yourself. The potential for health and happiness in any
season lies within yourself.
The tools are endless.
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