It is bitterly cold now. The leaves are well and truly off the trees and the landscape looks bleak and unforgiving.
What we don’t see, however, is all the energy at the core of the trees and plants keeping them strong for the Spring.
How about then if we apply the same principle to ourselves?
I have learnt in recent yoga sessions that the element associated with Autumn is metal. For being strong and malleable, heavier than other elements, allowing you to shape up ready for the coming seasons.
It made me think about how we wrap ourselves up in coats, scarves and gloves at this time of year but how really this is keeping our core warm and strong, like the trees.
We often resent the weather for being cold and for having to go out in the mornings to defrost our cars. But actually, we can be thankful for the cold as it is sleep time for nature to regather strength to rejuvenate the planet come the Spring.
Not so easy to relate to on a cold, dark morning but, on reflection, a happier way to look at it.
By keeping an open heart, a happy outlook, we can sustain ourselves through these dark months. Unlike nature, we don’t take time to hibernate and we just plod on. However, we can take time to look inwards, nurture our core and restore ourselves for the coming months.
Being able to have a warm heart and care also means caring for ourselves. Your core is just as important as the roots of a tree and you need both to survive.
So give a little. Give a little care to yourself and a little to a friend or neighbour. Spread the nurturing, restorative energy to others to make this a more peaceful and restful time of year. And try to lessen the expectations on yourself. Be kind.
Winter is a lovely time if year, used for reflecting and building for the next stage. It has the bustle of Christmas within it but it is really a season for slowing down.
Next time you’re out defrosting your car, think of the trees and animals hibernating and hold that thought within you to practice kindness to yourself and others throughout your day.