Winter can be a particularly difficult time of year for many. It can appear that the world is shroud in darkness. A period of rest and stagnation, which brings a sense of unease to many.
Weather often prevents us from getting out and about as much as we would like to. I think back to the many times I have had the best intentions upon waking to get out and go hiking, only to look outside and see the miserable weather presenting itself for the day. It’s a time of restrictions and impediments placed upon us due to minimal daylight hours, poor weather conditions and the sheer lack of motivation that comes with it all.
Or are we mistaken and just disconnected from the true essence of it all? Is winter really a dreary time of the year, or have we become so out of touch with the essence and natural cycle of the seasons that we fail to realise the beauty and healing nature of the winter months?
Winter is not a time of death and depression and miserable weather. It is a time of retreat and rebirth. Nature knows this, our ancestors knew this, and now it is time for us to remember this.
Plants become dormant in winter. Respiration slows down, photosynthesis slows down and the vital force of the plant retreats downwards into the earth. It doesn’t do this because it is dying, it does this so that it can replenish and rebuild it’s strength for when the weather begins to warm and it can begin to grow once more in spring.
We can understand a lot about the our natural life cycle from that of the plants.
We tend to feel sluggish and unmotivated in winter. That’s because winter is not a time for pushing yourself and “getting out there”. Our bodies know what we need, but in today’s world, we are expected to be on the ball 24/7, 365 days of the year, giving 100% without fail. This is a major reason why so many people suffer from stress and become completely out of sync with their own bodies.
So, what should we be doing instead? What can we do to become more in sync with our natural environment?
Become synchronised with nature, the elements and seasons doesn’t have to be a huge challenge, nor does it have to take more than 5 mins each day. There are many ways in which you can incorporate simple energetic exercises into your daily routine, without it taking up much of your time. Here are some great examples to get you in sync and connected:
- Grounding Meditations: Take five minutes, before you go to sleep or when you are sitting down to relax in the evening. You can find simple free guided meditations on youtube or check out a couple of my recorded meditations on my facebook page. As you connect deep down into the centre of the earth, imagine that you are back in mother earths womb, or in a small seed. Gather the nutrients you need to heal and replenish your life force, and get ready to sprout through the surface into a wonderful, balanced and re-energised powerful being!
- Reflection: Dedicate five minutes in the day to tuning into your energy field, emotions and lifestyle. Address anything that no longer serves you, whether it is holding you back or keeping you on the wrong path. Let it go. Release it. You don’t need it. Replace it with light energy and start making space in your life for new opportunities and energy to flow!
- Rest: Winter is a time of recuperation and a time of keeping a slower pace. Slow down, reduce your own expectations of yourself and allow yourself time to rest. Take five minutes to just sit, or have a cup of nice, warm tea. This five minutes is a gift, from you, to you. It is a symbol of self-appreciation, love and care.
Each day you can choose one of the above exercises or create your own! Little by little, you will find yourself become more in sync with your own needs this winter, and with the season’s essence itself.
Each exercise brings a sense of peace and ease, and most importantly, encourages self care. Don’t be part of the rat race this winter, be connected to yourself, to nature, to life itself. Be You!
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