The hectic winter season is underway ~ where society pulls us into chaotic rhythms of social after social, late nights, challenging nutritional input, and go-do-now mentality. Meanwhile, our natural rhythms ~ as always role modelled by nature ~ are ones of hibernation, guided by the lengthy periods of darkness, and frost.
Nature tells us it’s time to rest; all but the hardiest of fruits and flowers are over; even leaves. The sap in deciduous trees falls. Leaves fall, the sugary sap sinks straight to the roots, to wait out the coldness of winter. Only once the warmth of spring is felt, does the sap rise up again, ready to sprout new growth in its canopy.
I just love the quote from Tolkein below, noting several nature-based metaphors for this time of year. Many of us perceive winter (at least in the UK!) to be a dull, boring season, preventing us from achieving, enjoying, and relaxing. Yet just because it isn't bright, doesn't mean there aren't gems to be found; twinkly lights, beautiful skies (night and day), the joy of reading and other quiet activities, and the cosiness of 'nesting' at home. Inertia, rest, and quiet do not equate to disorientation; potentially quite the opposite ~ wandering is one of my favourite ways to find myself. Age, in nature, is not the end of the world; it's strength that matters. And lastly, this time of rooting deep down to rest and keep warm, like the hive of activity taking place within the soil in winter (roots working to limit freeze-damage, and creatures seeking nests to retreat) is a great way to keep warm and generate energy ready for the coming spring; shallow roots wasting energy at the wrong time of year lead to a weak and vulnerable plant.
Maybe you go the opposite way, and thrive off the socialising and the pressure. It can bring some brightness and warmth to an otherwise bleak time of year. This isn’t uncommon, just make sure you can find some stillness to listen to your body, and consider, what is nature calling you to do? How can you embrace the rhythm of nature at this time? Amid competing demands of parties and presents, pressures of money and time... better, perhaps, to stay grounded, seeking nurture over noise. However you find warmth and light in this season, be it hygge, candlelight, or roasted vegetables… make time to find stillness, move your body gently, and choose restful activities ~ oh, and notice nature as you go.
Author - Zoe Copeland, MFHT
With a background in education, sports coaching and mental health, Zoe began to explore more holistic avenues of helping people with a particular focus on where the mind and body meet. Zoe began her bodywork training in Sports Massage and has since studied other massage theories and techniques, as well as Reiki, to provide a holistic approach to each treatment. With specific training in women's health, trauma and scars, she has developed an intuitive practice which leaves you feeling a positive change in your body and mind after every appointment.