It has been a long, cold and blustery winter for those of us living in the Midwest. We have endured record breaking snow, sub-zero temperatures and icy road conditions. Winter is often defined as the cold season between autumn and spring, it is also a time of decay and decline, rest and relaxation and planning and preparation. Everything in nature, is in a mode of either decay and decline or rest and relaxation. It is preparing, for new life and growth for the coming season. One could easily complain and resist the effects of winter. Like nature’s example we suggest you embrace it.
Our nights are longer, so treat yourself, to going to bed earlier giving your body much needed rest. Take a long bath, with scented salts and candlelight. Create a sacred space, to pray and meditate. Nurture your body, with hot cereals and sumptuous soups. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Have a pajama day and watch a season of the hit show you missed. Order take-out, gather snacks and beverages and put on a movie or grab a good book. The whole idea is to rest and relax, let go of what no longer serves you and take time for you.
Those who farm or garden will take this time to plan and prepare for their spring plantings. They will determine what worked last year, what needs to be replaced and what needs to be eliminated. You can do this by mapping out your life plans and goals. Ready yourself for spring by determining what seeds of life you want planted. Take the time to prepare the soil of your heart, gather the tools and information you will need. You want your move from winter to spring and from spring to summer primed to grow and produce.
Fall will come and you will want to have received the harvest that you are anticipating now. You will experience a wide range of emotion depending on what it actually took for you to accomplish your goal. Then winter will return reminding you things decay and decline, you need ample rest and relaxation and time to plan and prepare to repeat the cycle again. What you gain each season is up to you.