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Embracing Winter

May 5, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Embracing Winter


Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,

a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.

~WU-MEN

While spring is meant to be a time for romance, for regrowth and budding enterprises, winter is a time of self-reflection, going inward, cocooning, gestating. Winter can be a metaphor for the final stage of life, for relinquishing the physical and slipping away. What wisdom can we discover as we embrace the many aspects of winter?  How can we clear our minds and experience winter as the best season of our lives?

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. ~William Blake

Go into nature and observe the changes this time of year. For those of us living in northern NSW, the seasons are not as defined as many places.  We have to notice the subtle things that cold nights bring.  The vibrant sunsets that paint the beach in rainbows, some shedding of leaves and dropping of blossoms.

Notice the inner changes as dark comes earlier and lasts longer. How do we come to peace with our own aging? How can we celebrate each season with equal appreciation?

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.

~Andrew Wyeth

Write a poem celebrating Winter, the season and your own inner winter…

This will be the theme of the upcoming one day retreat guided by Bev Sweeney and myself.

Friday, 22nd of June from 10- 3:30 pm in  New Brighton

In a nurturing circle, relax into poetry, Qigong, meditation, journaling and nature. We will explore the winter of our lives, how we can age with grace and ease. We will uncover the beauty and nourishment of winter.

All are welcome if you are in the area and can come along!