Classical Chinese literature cites November as the beginning of winter. Winter is a time dedicated to stillness and rejuvenation of power and resources. The purpose of this time of the year is to fuel and create a foundation for how we will show up to the people and things we care about during the rest of the year. It is a time to tap into our inner wisdom by slowing down and practicing deep listening. We want to learn how to really hear what our inner voice really wants for us and what others really want for themselves.
Like the seed in the ground, we are full of potential, power and possibility. By being patient and comfortable with not knowing all the answers, we are able to identify and transform our fears into the courage and wisdom needed to follow our hearts.
The challenge of the winter season is to balance holiday activities with the quiet rejuvenation time needed to fuel all of the projects and fun we want to accomplish and participate in during the year to come. Maybe we don’t have to attend every party and find the perfect gift for everyone. Sometimes staying at home in front of the fire can be as valuable as spending time with friends.
9 Emotional and physical health and wellness tips for the Winter season:
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
- Allow yourself to rest as much as your body asks for.
- Be ok with putting on a few more pounds.
- Keep your neck and waist covered and warm.
- Eat warm, comforting foods.
- Laugh with your family and friends.
- Practice easy stretching exercises.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Write about what you want the coming year to look like.