The cycle has turned and the darkest, coldest times are here once more (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). The glorious time of bright festivities and joy shall soon mellow into quiet, soft, mellower times but there is nothing to fear or dread…
“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.“
While it is true that there are serious seasonal issues that can affect one (please always consult with a medical health care advisor for SAD) for the most part I feel as though many simply fall into the societal expectation that winter sucks. I mean, it’s up to each person to decide for themselves and that’s just fine. I feel, however, that if you choose that, you’ll be missing out on a valuable time that is there to remind us to rest, to reset our systems, to allow ourselves the time to mentally recharge. Nature knows what it’s about and if we looked to it a little more for guidance, and to society a little less, we might all be a little wiser and a lot happier.
Winter seems to bring about a sense of foreboding and ennui. A sort of heaviness of heart and mind and yet, perhaps there is another way to view these cold, subdued months. What if we take the very qualities that we label with such dire thoughts and turned them into things that actively work for us? Instead of viewing it as merely cold dullness, what if we viewed it as a time of incubation and restoration? A time when our minds can flourish and our best ideas could begin to grow?
For winter to be the spring of genius that Pietro Aretino is talking about, we must let go of the programed ways of perceiving this season. What better time to allow our minds to flourish with potential then a time of quiet, a time of calm and stillness?! Why it only seems natural that our best ideas spring forth when we are resting and allowing our mental landscapes to relax.
The joys and beauties of winter lie in it’s natural quiescence and that is also where winter’s strength lies as well. Winter provides exactly what our overtaxed and overstimulated senses need. With less light we might get more rest. With fewer colors and a more muted landscape, our senses can soften and reset themselves, while at the same time they can choose to focus on details that we might otherwise miss. Winter is a beautiful time and maybe it’s time to remember that it’s a spring for genius if we allow it to be!
Namaste ~ Ella
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