I teach yoga. During the Savasana (relaxation time at the end) I try to incorporate an applicable meditation. The seasons (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring) can teach us a lot. Here's what I found about winter:
From Autumn’s gentle cool, we turn to the extreme of Winter. Winter sorts out those things which are strong enough to survive the harsh cruel times, to sow their seeds again in Spring. Winter brings a cold dark sleep to the busy Earth. Likewise, our own lives “chill out” a bit during Winter, as we put away our Summer toys. We turn inward; we renew our love affair with hearth and home.
In Winter, we need to make our own warmth and light, rather than merely find it in the Summer sun. We proactively create warmth in our home. Blankets and boots, sweaters and scarves, heaters and hot cocoa – these are the magical tools of Winter, with which we evoke the warmth that we crave. Whether you use a wood-burning fire place, or modern-day furnace, you invite the powers of fire to enter your home. In Winter, we create the “fires” we need to survive, warmth that otherwise would not be there. Creating something is one of the most magical events we ever do. How do you create fire and warmth? How do you relate to the warmth-making tools you use, year over year? Celebrate the people, places and things which keep you warm when you need it most. See them as a magical part of your life, and honor them for the gifts that they give. Say a few special words each time you light your flame, set your thermostat, or prepare your warm wooly clothes.