Updated: Feb 19
As we move into deep winter, it's easy to begin to wish the winter away. To set our caps for spring even though we have many weeks to go before that day blooms!
Perhaps this is the time to look on this long, cold, darker season as a gift. A time for slowing down, reflection and, yes, rest. We have moved past the busy holidays and we are not yet at a the place to embark on the activities of spring fever. If we choose to receive this gift, its process and rewards have the potential to enrich our lives in ways we may not have counted upon.
Deep winter is the season for slowing down, quiet reflection and rest.
As with nature, seeds need darkness to germinate in order to fully blossom in the spring. Darkness is necessary for growth and transformation.
The hibernation of this time can lend itself to the joys of daydreaming, watching snow fall by a fire or under a warm quilt. Time to play in nature and then settle into a warm bubble bath or cup of cocoa. Time for our hobbies we can't often attend to in busier times, be they crafts or artwork, writing or movie watching, long chats with friends or precious solitude.
I would encourage you to use this time to ask yourself:
What within me needs time for reflection and germination, in order to later blossom?
The gifts of time and reflection you allow yourself to bask in now can be the seeds for so much more, when you come out of "hibernation!"
"Everybody needs to take some time, in some way, to quiet themselves and really listen to their heart."
~ Jack Kornfield
"We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives."
~ Gary Zukhav
"Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous."