Well. Whilst we don't have a dramatic Winter up here on the lovely Sunshine Coast we are still subject to the seasons.
Chinese medicine long understood that during different seasons our bodies and minds go through different phases. The Winter phase is associated with water, the Kidneys and the emotion of fear.
Whilst Chinese medicine is an interesting study in this case the practical observations are really obvious. A percentage of people do feel "down" during Winter as the days are shorter, the weather colder and the sunshine get harder to find.
So what can we learn about Winter and the emotions of Winter? How can we cope and even excel in the Winter months?
- Winter is a time where we need more rest - our bodies are naturally resonating with the season, shorter days and less sunlight. Perhaps we can adjust our expectations during the Winter season.
- Don't be surprised if you do feel "down". Chinese Medicine tells us that Winter is a natural time for introspection and deliberation. Of course if symptoms of feeling "down" persist seek help.
- Rationalise - Is there anything you are doing that isn't working for you?
- Be Gentle with Yourself -
- Seek Support - It's a great time to be pampered, supported and just generally surrounded with positive people and influences.
Your energy is precious and Winter can often show us areas where our energy isn't meeting the demands we place on it. The concept of Wu Wei captures this beautifully
"a paradoxical “Action of non-action.” Wu wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world. It is a kind of “going with the flow” that is characterized by great ease and awake-ness, in which - without even trying - we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise."