For many of us the Winter months of January and February can be a challenge. I have been challenged myself with he dark long nights and raining cold days. There is a distinct lack of light at this time of year. I think this time is especially challenging for those of us who are sensitive as our environment and surroundings affect us in many ways. I wanted to share with you in this blog what I do to survive the darkness of winter months.
When we understand that we are all part of nature and connected to nature in so many different and special ways, it would then make perfect sense that to live in harmony with nature is what will bring about peace within ourselves.
The inner self is a complex thing and can sometimes elude us and we can lose touch with the way we are meant to live. Allow me to explain: If we look at nature during the winter months we can see that it sleeps. Nature does not expect much of itself during this time. It is a time for seeds to be nurtured, animals to rest and trees to sleep. Nothing will bloom until the Spring time comes and that is the way it is and nothing will alter that fact or change those circumstances. If we can learn to apply the principles of nature to our own lives then we learn to walk in step with nature, the earth and the universe.
In the old days when man had no technology and life was slower man lived in harmony and walked the path of nature, they lived within the season. However, somewhere along the way man has lost this and lives a fast paced, technologically focused life. We drive fast cars, eat fast food, use fast Wifi, rush to work and generally live in a fast society. No wonder we can begin to feel miserable and tired in the Winter months. We are pushing ourselves at the same pace all year round. This is not meant to be the way. In the Winter we are designed to ‘SLOW DOWN’ and conserve our energy. But we push on regardless. No wonder so many of us get ill at this time of year, we are running our engines at full speed constantly and not giving our selves time to re-charge.
So I suggest that we stop for a minute. Think and slow down. At this time of year allow yourself the privilege of taking things at a calm and relaxed pace. By all means make your plans for the future, and plant the seeds, nurture them every day but do not expect them to come into fruition until the time is exactly right, because it will simply not happen no matter what you do to try and force it.
When the light returns and Spring is in our sight, then and only then will your seeds bloom. By adopting this attitude and having this understanding we relieve the pressure we put on ourselves and also pressure from society. Know that things will change with the season and life and light will return once more. Use this special time to learn more, read more, nurture the self more, prepare yourself for the coming months ahead which will be filled with activity and you will need your conserved energy for those months and not for now. Now is the time to re-charge your own energy, connect to the inner self and be quiet and still.
Below I have shared with you my survival tips which I use myself. Perhaps some will work for you and some not, have a go and see what works for you. But survive you must for this year holds amazing and special things which we cannot yet see. Have faith and learn to walk with nature and the seasons.
Survival Tips for the Winter Months
1. Allow yourself the privilege of slowing down and conserving energy. Meditate, take long walks in nature do not expect too much of yourself at this time of year.
2. Disconnect a little from technology. Allow the creative side of you to flourish.
3. Read more.
4. Start your day with some Yoga postures to replace the old energy of the
night with the new energy of the day. The yogic breathing technique brings new energy so just do this if you cannot do the yoga postures.
5. Take long hot baths with beautiful essential oils and candles
6. Make your plans for the coming year, plant your seeds and do a little watering and nurturing everyday. Do not expect them to bloom until the Spring.
7. In your meditations harmonise yourself with nature, and if you work with the Goddess harmonise yourself with the Crone Goddess who represents Winter.
8. Eat nourishing and health giving foods - this is not really the time to diet as our bodies need extra fuel for energy. Include healthy carbohydrate such as squash and root vegetables. Avoid too many potatoes though. Bring in healthy home made soups and stews. Avoid too much sugar, fast and processed food as they are void of healthy nutrients which are so important this time of year.
9. Do not rush. Take your time and if you feel like sleeping more in the evening then do so.
10. Above all nurture and love the self. Stay positive, be kind and gentle to yourself and do not expect too much at this time of year. Relax and enjoy the slowness of Winter because every season has it’s advantages and reasons for being as it is.
Louisa Marie Sullivan