Honoring Winter

Friday, January 17, 2014

Winter is an important season in our lives. It is more than a time of coldness and snow. It's a time of going within. A time to rest from the work that's been done, a time to prepare for the lessons ahead. Long for the sun on your shoulders, but let the frost and cold come. The ground has been left fallow in preparation for nourishing the seeds of new life. Honor winter's lesson. Despite this time of lifelessness and inactivity, this is still a season of growth. Trust what's being worked out in your soul. The snow will melt. The sun will shine again. The time will come to remove your heavy garb and return to the activity of life. 
—Melody Beattie from Journey to the Heart

The other day I wandered through Bowood Farms Nursery for some daily inspiration and desperately needed sunshine. The light in the greenhouse was so perfect that I was mentally transported to my holiday in the South of France. Sitting among container pots of ripe kumquats in the middle of January felt exotic and hopeful. Hopeful that the gray of winter would pass and life would resume once again. And even though it still surprises me to see our summer garden plot now covered in snow, the ground—just a few months ago bursting with life—frozen and unyielding, I am awakened to a remembrance that each season serves its purpose. Winter being filled with introspection and quiet moments. What are some ways you honor and cope with the long winter months?


  1. Lots of mugs of steaming hot tea or hot chocolate, fresh from the oven baked goods and quiet moments (staring out of sun-warmed windows, curled up with a good book etc.) The little things that get pushed under the rug so often when the weather is better and there are so many places to be and things to do.


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