Welcoming Winter

“Tis the season to be jolly”, because what good is it to be anything else when it is cold and blustery and snowy; or when the snowplow goes by and leaves a pile at the end of your driveway; or when your new appliances won’t be delivered on time; or when the evening news reports new viral variants? There seem to be so many things that can bring a person down these days…if you let those things get to you. You can rant and rave and swear and fuss and get it all out, then change what you can, accept what you can’t, and let go of the negatives so they don’t bring you down. There are so many wonderful things (big or small) that can uplift a person if one INVITES them in, rather than blocks them out. Blocking out the uplifting energies can happen when we make incorrect judgments, use harsh words, react hastily instead of act mindfully, make incorrect assumptions, take things personally, think negative thoughts, or even rush around and load our plates, depleting our reserves. Recognize and acknowledge when you are blocking yourself, let those negative thoughts go, and make space to invite the positives to flow in. This season…especially NOW…I choose to welcome winter, and keep my eyes (and heart) wide open for those GOOD THINGS in life that sometimes, almost miraculously, come into being.

Like the infinite patterns of snowflakes. Like our new baby grand-daughter who, while far away and awaiting our meeting in person hopefully one day soon, is growing and thriving. Like my colourful orchids that are budding and ready to bloom in the afternoon sun. Like my neighbour who surprised me with homemade cookies. Like my hubby who makes me coffee every day. Like my father’s spirit who whispers to me from beyond when I need a nudge. Like fitting in to an old pair of jeans. And like taking a breath freely and deeply each day.

A regular yoga practice is an opportunity to formally practice breathing with awareness and movement on the mat. Check out my YOGA VIDEOS BY ANNE for options for a daily practice. A regular meditation practice invites you to formally practice breath awareness while sitting in stillness. Join a meditation group, learn about pranayama practices, or check out my GUIDED MEDITATIONS and try one each day this winter.

But the real breath work is really more informal…when we choose to breathe deeply even in the mundane every day activities. I shovelled a little bit of light snow in the sunshine today and took a deep breath of cool air; a few days ago I shovelled a LOT of heavy snow in the pouring rain, and took a deep breath of cool air. I took my pink mask off in the car after the grocery store, and took a deep breath of cool air. I will not take this breath for granted…

Try this right now: Sit tall, roll your shoulders back once and lightly soften them, prepare to close your eyes, and then take 5 slow deep breaths…

Welcome to winter and I wish you all an uplifting happy, safe, and peaceful holiday season!

2 Comments

  1. Lise Page Rogers said,

    December 9, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Thank yo so much for sharing this with me…..it is so uplifting! I wish you positive thoughts and may your deep breaths make you feel well and alive.

    Bug hugs going your way. Take care.

    Lise Sent from my IPad

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  2. Glynis Hughes said,

    December 9, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Well thought and said. 🥰

    Sent from my iPhone

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