These days I feel like a leaf fully encrusted in ice and all of winters fierce conditions. I struggle to break through the ice and snow to reconnect to my rhythm in the natural world. Now is the time to rely on my self care practices to find balance through the sluggish nature of this season.
I mostly rely on adaptability as a self care practice. For instance, every single morning I struggle to get out of bed…I make big plans to get up early to get work done, plan my classes or squeeze in a personal practice and every morning the snooze button gets the better of me. I started to realize that I could have the best of both worlds by waking up at my allotted time but allowing myself to cultivate the cozy by staying in bed to listen to my favourite podcasts, online courses or even to do some course planning. This has been HUGE for me, as I can stay tucked into the sheets while my self discipline grows (usually I end up outta bed much earlier then my snooze would get me up too). I consider this adaptability because I needed to look closely at my habits and make them serve me in a compassionate way.
At this point you may be thinking this lady is brilliant or just plain lazy. Either way, I recommend at this time of year looking into what practices you can find the cozy and where you can find momentum or discipline.
Here are some other winter practices;
- Take a ritual bath with Dead Sea salts and earth medicine like sage or lavender while surrounded by candles.
- Practice oil massage using sesame oil as your carrier oil to gently warm the body and use essential oils to soothe the nervous system and boost immunity: lavender, pine, chamomile or rose.
- Attend a flow class at your local studio or take one online; something to ignite your inner fire and push through stagnation.
- Add some spice to your food like turmeric or cayenne.
- Bring the colour yellow into your wardrobe, environment or alter space if you have one.
- Bundle up and take care of your needs. Rest when you need to, move when you need to and find balance when you need to.
- Find some time for self- reflection through creative endeavours or journaling.
Although this rhythm of the year in the natural world is used for hibernation, we can still find the means to ignite our inner fires to stay happy, healthy and productive.
May you be free my friends
Free from the cold
Free from shovelling
And free from falling into winters sluggish habits