Drop In. Use This Winter to Reset.
Winter is the best time of year to go deep within yourself and connect with your inner reserves. As winter wears on, here are a few simple tips to help you make the most of this season.
Rest. The Chinese classics advise us to go to bed when it gets dark and to rise AFTER the sun. Don’t be afraid to let yourself surrender to sleep. Practice conserving your energy so that you’re ready for spring.
Protect Yourself from Cold. Excess cold can cause us to feel paralyzed, frozen, or stuck. On a physical level this might manifest as achy joints and hunched shoulders/upper back and neck tension. On a mental level, cold can make us feel uncertain or confused. On a spirit level, cold can lead you to feel “locked in,” unable to make a move and unsure about what move you might want to make. Keep yourself warm this winter with thick socks and pay special attention to the area below the navel--your kidney space. Wrap a scarf around your lower back, tuck in your shirt, and layer up. Our low backs are especially prone to cold damage. Protect your energy reserves by keeping this area warm.
Connect. Autumn and Winter are the most auspicious seasons to forge an internal connection with yourself. During these parts of the year, the energy in nature is moving downwards and inwards. Take this last little bit of winter to reconnect to your spirit and to activities that help you feel nourished and whole. Winter is a great time of year to sew, bake, paint, journal, draw, dream, reflect and savor a deeper connection with yourself. This is also a great time of year to engage with a spiritual practice, if you feel drawn to that.
However you choose to spend this last little bit of wintertime, I encourage you to find a sense of ease and restoration. Maintaining your energy now will set you up to thrive this Spring!
May you be peaceful, may you be happy, may you be free.