Archive for November 2011
O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb’d Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.
We’ve been anticipating the cold weather here lately, with the coming of winter there seems to be a lot of shifts and changes that leave the best of us feeling a little under the weather, with little control over the impending changes:
more time spent indoors,
less room to move,
less time in the sun,
more time feeling in the dark,
more time in each other’s space,
less time in “outer” space.
I guess that’s why this time of year is a good time to delve into one’s inner world, reflecting on the year past and accepting perceived “good” and “bad”. Just letting go, in anticipation of what is to come. This year I plan to do this more formally with my family. I envision us sitting in a circle on cushions as we listen to the resonating song of the singing bowl. We each take turns passing our family talking stick around, as we reminisce about the good times had these past 11 months.
Yet there are so many things that can pull us in the other direction if we let them. There is so much glitter and bright lights, that it sometimes becomes distracting. It’s easy for me to forget to just sit with my family, spending time doing nothing or doing quiet things.
It is the time of year that many animals get ready to go into hibernation. Slowing down, resting, rejuvenating.
We can learn much from these practices. The cold can signal us to slow down and take it easy. With shorter days upon us, resting and relaxing makes sense. It’s okay. If we can give ourselves permission to do “less” we might just find that we are actually doing more for our family. More time snuggling, more time laughing, more time noticing simple pleasures, more time just allowing things to unfold.
The stillness of the approaching winter can be a reminder to embrace the quiet within. It is an opportunity to connect with ourselves and our children through nature’s wisdom. An opportunity for our children to experience our connection to nature and what we can learn from her.
How will you embrace upcoming change with your family?