The calm, still beauty of the winter months offers quiet downtime for personal reflection and healing meditation. Keep reading to learn how to reassess and count the blessings in your life this winter.
From inside the warm cocoon of our homes we have an opportunity to appreciate the good things in our lives and to think about the future. Like gardeners poring over design books and seed catalogues, winter is a time to plan the coming year and plant the seeds of future goals for the spring.
Winter is a time of meditation and contemplation. A quiet interlude on a winter’s afternoon can create time for reflection on the next steps in life:
Winter is also a time to share with others. Daylight hours are very short, making it a special time to find ways to bring light into our homes. Long winter evenings are a great time to sit around the fireplace with family and friends, and contemplate the love of those sitting with us. These are perfect times to share stories together, eat together, and relax together.
Winter brings times of meaningful celebration for many cultures and religions. During Hanukkah loved ones meet to light candles on the menorah and sing. Christmas finds family and friends gathered to share gifts and memories. Celebrants of both festivals enjoy time indoors eating, drinking, and conversing.
Every season has its purpose, and the winter season is a time of sharing made richer by time spent alone in contemplation, restoration, and the anticipation of rebirth in the spring. When we take action to bring joy into our lives, we begin to feel internally the blessings of our lives.