Are you freezing yet? I live in Northern California and it’s been sooo cold. I live in a valley where temperatures start at 32 in the wee morning hours. Yet, even though I find the cold and dark challenging, it does serve a purpose.
Water is the element of winter
It’s the darkest time of year in the northern hemisphere. It’s a time when you can look inward and gain some self reflection and insights. It’s this time of year when I look to the new year to make plans around my personal growth and my business growth. It’s a great time for meditation, concentration and storing your energy for the new year. At this time, it’s best to go to bed earlier, sleep later and just take care of yourself. It’s that care and rest that allow you to burst forth with energy in the spring. I think that we often do not value the quiet, reflective time our soul’s need in the winter. It’s that well of stored energy that allow us to move forward with courage and strength the rest of the year.
Honor the stillness and quiet within
By doing so, you will be embodying the essence of the water element. We live in a society that expects immediate response and attention.
What can you “do” to be in harmony with the Water element of winter?
- Eat warm foods. It’s cold out and your body needs warm, nourishing foods. Make a pot of chicken soup and eat warm roasted veggies rather than raw.
- Sleep more. Yes, go to bed earlier and take time to slow down and rest. Remember it’s the season to build strength, not burn it out. If you are lucky enough to have a flexible schedule, wake up with the sunrise rather than dragging yourself out of bed in the darkness. I have to get up at 6am so I have a low light lamp on a timer that turns on in the am so my body understands it’s time to wake up.
- Schedule some downtime. Don’t pack your schedule filled with everything you can possibly do in a week. Actually block out downtime. Use that time for quiet reflection, meditation, or just reading a good book.
- Spend time with people you love. Share meals with friends and family. Take time to connect on a deep level with those you cherish.
What am I doing over the holidays?
Everyone seems to be asking me this lately as it’s that time of year when people make plans to do something. My answer is, NOTHING. I’ve planned nothing for the holidays other than some time with friends and family, and a fabulous meal Christmas day. My husband and I both take the week off and we make no plans other than to sleep in late and enjoy our quiet time as a family. Sure I’ll clean out some files and maybe work on that Shutterfly album, but it’s very low key stuff that is no big deal if it doesn’t get done. I love this time of year because I give myself permission to do nothing. There is no other time of the year that supports nothingness like the winter. I highly recommend you give it a try.