GETTING THROUGH THE WINTER

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For years and years, I suffered in the winter. I suffered from the lack of light and the cold - my mood was low and I struggled to be ok. I didn’t have the mind strength to think ahead and I didn’t know what to do. My friends would tell me to buy the “sun-stimulating light” and sit in front of it for periods during the day when I could. 

My “light” came when I accepted the seasons - not liking - but accepting. And when I used my mind to serve me rather than letting it dictate my experience especially in winter. Any sign of sun, I am sitting in it and thanking it for warming my heart. I try to plan to study something or whatever if I’m going to be home on a long Sunday. I try to make a choice to rejuvenate rather than let the lack of light take the “light” out of me. 

I come back to what my father used to say when I asked him if he was cold when we were outside and he didn’t have his hat or gloves. He would say, “I tell myself I’m warm and I get warm.” I try to tell myself to be happy and while I am not jumping up for joy in the winter, I am ok with maybe going within and thinking that today is today and tomorrow is tomorrow and if I am lucky enough I will arrive at the time when I will open the windows and let the fresh air come in. 

But for the time being, it is a time to explore the inside. Maybe intimate time with family and friends. Learning something new. Making something. Planning something like the summer garden or an upcoming memorable event. All in all, being conscious about using the time to be present and happy, rather than letting the affected-by-winter body call the shots. It is a physiological thing, from what I have read - shorter light days - real physical body effects which I have felt and endured. But it could be a very different experience. We can be sad or we can be not sad, by using a few tools.

When you start thinking how sad you are, think of something funny.

When you start thinking about the daunting tasks you have to do now or in the future,  imagine being plucked up and away and dropped in a beautiful place.

When you are sitting like a lump on a log feeling sorry for yourself, go to a mirror, look into your own eyes and ask yourself, “What do I have to feel sorry for?”

And move. There are many forms the body can take to promote good feeling. Movement of the spine in different directions is energizing - bending to each side, twisting to each side, folding forward. Stretching the arms to the side and up overhead and tilting back a little into a gentle backbend is great for a bad mood because the spine elongates and energy rises.

In the winter, think positive, move and turn the corners of your mouth up.

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

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