Winter Solstice ~ 2014
Now Winter comes Slowly, Pale, Meager and Old
First trembling with Age, and then quiv’ring with Cold;
Benumb’d with hard Frosts, and with Snow cover’d o’er,
Prays the Sun to Restore him, and Sings as before. ~ Thomas Betterton
December: the Energy of Forest and Garden low in the roots and receding. Days are short in the Northern Hemisphere. The air is cold: Maple and Alder bare; grey light replacing leaves—Cedar, Hemlock and Fir are Winter’s green. As we approach Winter Solstice.
This darkest time of year is why we have the tradition of lighting things up for the Holidays … an innate celebration of the ‘rebirthing of the Light’ ...
Winter is YIN
Winter solitude ~
in a world of one color
the sound of wind ~ basho
We live in a dualistic world: a world of day and night, summer and winter, joy and sorrow; all kinds of two-sides-of-the-coin relationships. In Nature our best examples are: Water and Cold; Dark and Stillness; Quiet and Receptiveness ... all of these ‘qualities’ are Yin.
During the annual Cycle of Seasons, Yin begins at Summer Solstice, at the height of Summer’s robustness, and ends in what Paul Simon called, “deep, dark, December at Winter Solstice.
Now is a good time to take a few long ... slow ... deep breaths then ‘feel’ how you feel. Then think about it: Do you have more energy in your mind and body now as compare to the end of June at Summer Solstice? At which point Aeosop’s story of old about The Ant and The Grasshopper may come to mind.
The important thing to remember Health-WISE this time of year is : CONSERVE your energy—your Chi; by doing so you’ll INVEST in your HEALTH.
To be in sync with the Yin way of doing things in Winter is to be in BALANCE, in HARMONY, with yourself and what’s going on around you.
... there’s a place inside
deep dark untouched
by random thoughts
not that they don’t try to
go there ...