“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home”, Edith Sitwell
The winter blues descend upon us if we aren’t careful. This is a melancholy time of year and one which can bring about loneliness, depression, fatigue, anxiety and hopelessness. We remember that the ancients saw this as a time to bring in some boughs, a tree, and to light candles to celebrate the hibernation of the season. Trees, decorations, lights, wreaths are not religious rituals, but that which our ancient ancestors celebrated at solstice, reminding us to welcome a season of rest.
What we should remember is that on the 21st we will be seeing more light each day so please remember that if we sit quietly and meditate each day, we too can begin to see more light that helps us with an understanding of the struggles and challenges we face daily. Move gently about, keep warm, look for relationships that are calming, seek a peaceful place to reflect on our bodies that may be painful, but are waiting for us to heal ourselves. In the meantime have fun and let laughter bring joy to our hearts. Let us eat healthily; eat locally; plenty of fruit and vegetables and rejoice that we are most of us living in a place of plenty.
Happy new year.