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Embracing the Magic of Winter

by Michelle Berger

A blanket of white embraces the landscape; each solitary snowflake sparkling like the intricate stitches detailing a quilt. Every season has both magic and mystery to offer; if only we are open to receiving its gifts.

Ayurveda, the ancient science and study of matter (fire, water, earth, air and space) reveals quite simply that: like increases like and opposites balance. Winter is cold, wet, and dark which grants us the invitation to embrace all that is warm, dry and light. Why long for the heat of summer when we can embrace the warmth of wool. Don’t thirst to sip a cool beverage by the lake when you can caress a warm beverage by the crackling of a fire. When we long for what is not, it leads to an empty state of depression and disappointment. Let’s take a look at how we can turn proverbial lemons into lemonade…or better yet, a mug of sweet decadent hot cocoa, topped with fluffy pillows of marshmallow.

If you are longing for excitement, try reading an enchanting novel.

If you are missing connection, try writing and mailing (not text or email) a letter to a friend or loved one.

If you are feeling lonely, pick up the phone and call a friend, family member, former or current co-worker.

If you are overwhelmed by the myriad of thoughts whirling through the mind, try putting them to rest in a journal. If you are feeling depleted…..embrace a nap.

If you are wishing for physical contact, try self-massage or wrap up in cozy blanket.

If you are empty, try creating a culinary wonder of nourishment.

If you are agitated, try finding contentment with a savory cup of tea by the fire.

If you are full of energy, try bundling up and head outdoors for a walk or ski in the sun and fresh air.

If you are feeling any of the above, best of all try combining warmth, socialization and movement by taking a class with your favorite instructors at Adirondack Health Medical Fitness Center.

Winter calls us to go inward and sit with ourselves. It demonstrates how to settle into a state of quiet and peace so that we may allow our body and mind to rest and rejuvenate.

To go further inward try this Winter Guided Meditation, written and recorded by our very own Michelle Berger. Only a few minutes can make all the difference.

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