The changes in the weather are just like changes in the lunar cycle. I have had a very lucky summer, which seems to just linger on as I transition from Canada to France and has finally dissipated these past weeks. As the cold settles in, peoples demeanor’s begin to change, we become more introverted, less active and more sullen. This is definitely a generalization, but its evident even in superficial conversations. “Hey, how’s it going?” – reply “It’s cold, I just want to stay inside!”. That’s a pretty typical response I receive at the office. The mood it creates, seems to spill over us like a wave we can’t fight. So what about changing our perspectives and trying to deal with these weather symptoms more positively, but how?!
So in yoga there are many types of philosophies and practices, including those which follow the lunar cycle. There are also those which follow changes in the atmosphere which work and opening and reaching those areas that we shut off when we encounter change. We have to approach this in our daily life. We have to fight through this reluctance to embrace the weather changes and find the joy in a cold day.
Start by doing the things that you have placed on the back burner, like sorting through your closes and throwing/giving away STUFF. I speak for myself in this case, but when I feel less clutter around, somehow my life just seems clearer. Make space in in your own so that you can create a place for the new to come in.
Take moments to cuddle! I don’t mean in a romantic way, but just even by yourself. You can just indulge in a good book,have a warm bath or a hot tea and value that time to feel warm. Feel happy in your surrounding and find joy in the presence of simple moments.
Find clarity. On the way to work, my view is always a bit smoggy, whether it be rain or morning dew, it seems a bit blurry. Trying to see through the grey tones of the winter is essential. For some reason,I find that a blue sky during the winter is so pristine, it reminds me of the ocean, and that thought could be the opening to more positive outlooks throughout the day.
As humans we block ourselves, we refuse to see the light, to feel the warmth and making sure we don’t shut down half the year should be essential. Embrace the lightness of being* and find comfort even in these colder moments.