A couple of weeks ago I attended a meditation practice, where one of the things discussed was the idea that winter is a natural withdrawal process. Many animals use winter to hibernate and hunker down to reset and rejuvenate. Plants do this as well. It’s nature’s way of shutting down in order to renew.
I’ve often felt a bit melancholy this time of year. Energy is low and the blues set in, despite the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities. Perhaps the season is reminding us that it is a good time to withdraw and settle down, as nature does. Perhaps it is a good time to reflect and meditate.
The winter offers the opportunity to heal, recoup, and relax, so that we can begin again anew. I’ve been thinking about this a lot since that mediation session and subsequently have taken steps to wind down for the year. I’ve been doing a lot of self-care and shedding the weight of life that’s been accumulating over the course of the year. In doing so I’ve begun to feel lighter in many ways. We hold onto things so tightly without sometimes even knowing it. The practice of letting go is an incredibly valuable life skill.
Winter reminds us of this if we only heed it.
Paraphrasing from the Tao Te Ching: When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.